France’s Macron to sign ‘renewed partnership’ deal with Algeria: Presidency

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French President Emmanuel Macron will extend his visit to Algeria to sign a “renewed partnership” deal on Saturday with his counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune as the two seek to overcome months of tensions.

Macron, who heads to the western city of Oran on Friday, will head back to the capital “to sign ... a joint declaration for a renewed, concrete and ambitious partnership,” the French presidency said.

Macron confirmed that a series of agreements had been reached between his nation and Algeria on Friday, including some that benefited the youth and business community in both countries.

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The comments were made at a reception by the French community in Algiers.

Macron’s visit to Algeria is meant to reset relations between the two countries, after a major diplomatic crisis last year broke out over the visa issue.

Tensions were heightened by a French decision to slash the number of visas issued to people in North Africa, including Algeria, because governments there were refusing to take back migrants expelled from France.

Both countries resumed cooperation in December.

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