The Address | Benghazi – Libya
PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron discussed with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune the situation in Libya, the African Sahel region, and the crisis of the new Coronavirus pandemic, during a phone call on Tuesday.
The French presidency said in a statement that Macron and Tebboune agreed to work towards a smooth relationship and revive an ambitious bilateral cooperation in all fields, without going into details, according to Agence France-Presse.
Relations between the two countries were strained last week, after Algeria decided to recall its ambassador in Paris in protest against broadcasting documentaries, by French television channels, on the protest movement against the regime in Algeria, which it saw as a “new colonialist” trend.
France-Presse indicated that the situation in Libya raises a common French-Algerian concern, after the increasing involvement of both Turkey and Russia in the conflict, and the same applies to the situation in the African Sahel region, adding that these two files were at the heart of a visit by the Foreign Minister French Jean-Yves Lauderian to Algeria in mid-March.