Diplomacy: Macron urges ties with Algeria beyond 'painful' past

Diplomacy: Macron urges ties with Algeria beyond ‘painful’ past

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has said during a visit to Algeria that the two countries should move beyond their painful shared history and look to the future.

At a joint news conference with his Algerian counterpart, Mr Macron announced that a joint Franco-Algerian commission of historians would be set up to study archives on French colonial rule in Algeria.

This would include the bitter eight-year war that led to Algerian independence 60 years ago.

Relations between the two countries were tense for decades.

During his three-day trip, Mr Macron is also keen to secure access to Algeria’s huge stocks of untapped oil and gas, as Europe faces shortages because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

With BBC

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