Algeria to resume diplomatic ties with France
The diplomatic discord between Algeria and France eased after Algiers announced resuming diplomatic relations with Paris.
The Algerian Presidency announced that it has resumed diplomatic relations with France.
Algeria's Ambassador to Paris is to return to his post after he was summoned in October following remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron that Algiers deemed offensive, the Presidency said Wednesday.
President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Wednesday met with the summoned Ambassador, Mohamed Antar-Daoud, saying he "will resume his duties in Paris from Thursday," his office said in a statement.
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President Emmanuel Macron of France had made several controversial, shocking, and unprecedented statements last October toward Algeria and its President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, whom he accused of being influenced by those around him despite the good relations Macron said he had with the Algerian President.
Macron condemned what he called "hate towards France" in Algerian society, saying it is the basis of the official history of Algeria, which he denounced as "completely re-written" and "unfactual".
"The Algerian official history is not based on facts but rather on a discourse which, it must be said, is based on hatred of France."
Algeria responded to the French President's statements by recalling its Ambassador to France for consultations in light of the mounting tensions.
"Algeria recalls its ambassador [Mohamed Antar-Daoud] from Paris for consultations," state television said, quoting a statement from the Presidency.
On his account, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune had expressed his pessimism about ending the dispute between France and Algeria, stressing that the Algerians were not nomadic tribes before French colonialism.
In an interview for German magazine Der Spiegel, the Algerian President said his French counterpart had "humiliated" the Algerians.
Tebboune considered Macron's statements in which he questioned the existence of an Algerian nation before French colonialism as "extremely dangerous", stressing that no people's history should be messed with and the Algerians should not in any way be humiliated.