Algeria’s ambassador to France, Mohamed Antar Daoud, renewed Algeria’s readiness to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all fields, in line with the will expressed by Presidents Abdelmadjid Tebboune and Emmanuel Macron.
Upon being received by the President of the French Senate, Gérard Larcher, the Algerian ambassador, Mohamed Antar Daoud, praised the quality of relationships between the parliaments of the two countries, reiterating “the Algerian side’s readiness to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all fields in line with the will expressed by Presidents Abdelmadjid Tebboune and Emmanuel Macron to work together on the files of common interest, especially economic, regional issues, and the memory file”.
The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the regional issues, as the two officials praised the formation of a temporary executive authority in Libya, expressing their countries’ support for the efforts of the United Nations for a Libyan-Libyan reconciliation, away from all foreign interference.
Concerning Mali, the talks allowed for a “satisfaction of the various parties” regarding the convening of the fifth high-level meeting of the Committee for Monitoring Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali on February 11, 2021, in Kidal, which witnessed the participation of the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, via videoconference.
Concerning other developments in the Sahel, the importance of strengthening international cooperation mechanisms in the field of counter-terrorism and transnational organized crime and its relations with various trafficking: drugs, weapons and illegal immigration was highlighted.
When dealing with the issue of Western Sahara, the ambassador drew attention to the seriousness of the situation in the occupied territories resulting from the return to the language of arms between Morocco and the Polisario Front, recalling “Algeria’s firm position in favour of the Sahrawi people exercising their firm right to self-determination following the principles of the United Nations Charter and the relevant regulations of the Security Council and the General Assembly”.
For his part, Gérard Larcher expressed his “best wishes for good health” to the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, “and for success in the performance of his duties”, expressing his “satisfaction with the strength of the existing bonds of cooperation between the two countries in all fields and the political will on both sides to give it a new dynamic”.
During this meeting, an extensive exchange of views took place on the reality of relations between the two countries and the prospects for strengthening parliamentary cooperation.
In this regard, Gérard Larcher expressed his “determination to work to intensify exchanges with the National Assembly by holding the second edition of the High-Level Parliamentary Cooperation Forum as soon as possible, and setting up a new mechanism for consultation on the main stakes of the international agenda as well”.
The talks also focused on future bilateral exchanges, as they focused on the fifth meeting of the Algerian-French high-level governmental committee, which will soon be held in Algeria.