: France and Algeria want to expand cooperation

France and Algeria want to expand cooperation

Emmanuel Macron (left) and Abdelmadjid Tebboune.  Photo: Anis Belghoul/AP/dpa

Emmanuel Macron (left) and Abdelmadjid Tebboune. photo

© Anis Belghoul/AP/dpa

France and Algeria want to strengthen their cooperation and come to terms with their gloomy colonial past. However, President Macron’s visit to Algiers will also specifically deal with natural gas deliveries.

France and Algeria want to expand their cooperation and open a new chapter in their relationship, which is burdened by the colonial past. “We want to build the future together,” said French President Emmanuel Macron in Algiers at the start of a three-day visit to the North African country.

Joint projects are planned in the fields of industry, research, energy and in Sports and culture. It is about “a new aspect of our bilateral relations”.

The complex and painful colonial history is to be processed by a commission of historians from both countries, to whom all archives are to be opened. The desire for truth is necessary, said Macron. You can’t get rid of the past, but it shouldn’t stand in the way of a common future. Only last year did the colonial past once again lead to diplomatic upsets between the two countries.

Hope for a new chapter in the cooperation

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune stressed that relations should be expanded in all areas, including trade, technology and culture. Where there are common interests, greater cooperation is sought. He hopes that a new chapter will open in the cooperation between Algeria and France.

The visit will also deal with gas deliveries. France already gets gas from its former colony, but wants to expand it. Like other European countries, the country is likely to be concerned with replacing missing Russian supplies with gas from Algeria. In April, Italy had already concluded an agreement with Algeria to expand gas supplies so that in future it would no longer have to import as much gas from Russia. The general manager of the energy company Engie, Catherine MacGregor, is also part of the French delegation on the trip.


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