The Franco-Algerian intergovernmental committee, scheduled for Sunday in Algeria in the presence of French Prime Minister Jean Castex, is postponed indefinitely “given the health context”, its services announced Thursday to AFP.
“The Covid-19 epidemic does not allow these delegations to find themselves in fully satisfactory conditions”, the committee “is therefore postponed to a later date, when the health context will be more favorable”, added the services of the Premier minister.
According to French and Algerian sources, the size of the French delegation, reduced due to the epidemic, was deemed insufficient by the host authorities, which precipitated this late cancellation.
“The format of the delegation is not up to par” according to Algiers, said a French source with knowledge of the case.
“The visit was reduced to one day and the delegation to four ministers. It is a sub-format whereas there were a lot of bilateral issues to study, ”confirmed an Algerian source.
The French Prime Minister’s visit was to mark a new stage in the bilateral warming initiated by Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
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It was thus a question of holding for the first time since December 2017 a “high-level intergovernmental committee”, co-chaired by Mr. Castex and his counterpart Abdelaziz Djerad, in order to take stock in particular on the economic cooperation between the two countries. .
The popular protest movement of “Hirak” which led to the fall of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in 2019, the health crisis, but also the state of health of President Tebboune, did not allow the recent holding of a new edition. of this CIHN.
Several subjects were on the table – economic, security, education, culture – and agreements “in a few areas of cooperation” were to be signed, said Matignon, without specifying.
With the approach of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Algerian War (March 19, 1962) and of the independence of Algeria (July 5, 1962), Emmanuel Macron has undertaken a series of “symbolic acts” in order to “Reconcile memories” and sketch a normalization in a relationship that remains complex and passionate.
He recognized in particular, “in the name of France”, that the lawyer and nationalist leader Ali Boumendjel had been “tortured and assassinated” by the French army and decided to facilitate access to classified archives on the Algerian war. .
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