The Algerian ambassador returns to Paris after 3 months of dispute

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) – The Algerian ambassador returned to Paris on Thursday, three months after being recalled amid tensions over …

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) – The Algerian ambassador returned to Paris on Thursday, three months after being recalled amid tensions over the era of French colonial rule in the North African country.

This decision was announced by the Algerian presidency.

In October, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune recalled Ambassador Antar Daoud, citing alleged “irresponsible comments” by French President Emmanuel Macron on Algeria’s pre-colonial history and postcolonial system of government.

Algeria has also refused France permission to fly military planes in its airspace and accused Paris of “genocide” during colonial times.

Last month, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian tried to defuse tensions by visiting Algiers. The countries agreed to resume cooperation towards peace in Libya and on other international issues.

At the time, Le Drian had noted the “complex history” of the countries and declared that he wanted to “dispel misunderstandings”.

Algeria gained its independence after a brutal six-year war from 1954 to 1962, after more than a century under French colonial rule.

In recent years, the countries have maintained close economic and cultural ties, but relations have deteriorated sharply after France sharply reduced visas for people from North Africa because governments refused to take back migrants to whom asylum was refused in France.

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