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Algeria's ambassador to return to Paris after 3 months hiatus

Envoy was recalled over Macron's 'irresponsible' remarks about country

Abdul Razzaq bin Abdallah   | 05.01.2022
Algeria's ambassador to return to Paris after 3 months hiatus

ALGIERS, Algeria

Algeria announced on Wednesday that its ambassador to Paris will return to his post on Thursday, three months after being pulled back for "consultations."

According to an Algerian Presidency statement, "President Abdelmadjid Tebboune​​​​​​​ received Algeria's Ambassador to France Mohamed Antar Daoud, who will resume his duties in Paris on Thursday."

In October, the ambassador was recalled from Paris, citing "irresponsible comments" made by French President Emmanuel Macron about Algeria.

“The building of Algeria as a nation is a phenomenon worth watching. Was there an Algerian nation before French colonization? That is the question,” Macron had said.

Algeria was swift to strongly condemn the remarks, recalling its ambassador and closing its airspace to French military planes.

On Dec. 10, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Algiers to ease tension with Algeria.

* Writing by Ahmed Asmar in Ankara.

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