Algerian president will not attend Libyan conference in France – .

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Algerian president will not attend Libyan conference in France – .


Algerian Abdelmadjid Tebboune arrives to give a press conference ahead of the elections, in Algiers, Algeria, December 8, 2019. REUTERS / Ramzi Boudina / File Photo

ALGIERS, Nov. 10 (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune will not attend a conference on Libya in France on Friday but will delegate a representative there, Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said on Wednesday.

Relations between France and Algeria have been strained, and Algiers early last month recalled its ambassador to Paris and closed its airspace to French military planes after what it called “irresponsible” remarks attributed to the president. French Emmanuel Macron.

Macron questioned whether there had been an Algerian nation before French colonial rule and said that Algeria’s “politico-military system” had rewritten the history of its colonization by France on the basis of a “hatred of France”.

France said on Tuesday that Macron regretted the controversies and misunderstandings generated by these remarks and “that he has the greatest respect for the Algerian nation, its history and the sovereignty of Algeria” and that he wishes Tebboune to assist at the conference on Libya.

“It was decided that Algeria would participate in the conference, but not at the level of the President of the Republic”, declared Lamamra after a meeting in Algiers with the Algerian ambassadors.

“The conditions are sufficient (for him) to participate personally in the conference, despite his attachment to the effective role of Algeria alongside the Libyan brothers and in pushing the Libyan cause towards the desired peaceful and democratic solution.

Report by Hamid Ould Ahmed in Algiers Editing by Matthew Lewis

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