WorldAlgeria: Tebboune accuses France of "lying" and refuses any mediation with Morocco

Algeria: Tebboune accuses France of “lying” and refuses any mediation with Morocco


AA / Algeria / Abderrazzak ben Abdallah

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune accused Paris on Sunday of lies about the number of Algerians targeted by a procedure for expulsion from French territory, and expressed his refusal of any mediation in the crisis between his country and Morocco.

The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the French ambassador a few days ago to notify him of the rejection of his country’s unilateral decision to halve the number of visas granted to Algerians, arguing that the Algerian authorities refused to allow him reception of more than 7000 people subject to a court decision of expulsion.

In an interview with Algerian media, broadcast on Sunday by state television, President Tebboune said the French government figures are “false”, and that the Algerian authorities have only taken cognizance of the situation of 94 people. likely to be expelled from French territory.

He explained that Algeria has received 21 expelled nationals, but that it has categorically refused to accept 16 others, due to their links to terrorism, while the fate of the others has not yet been decided.

The Algerian president recalled that his country is bound by a preferential immigration agreement with France, signed in 1968, and that Paris should have treated his country in a “privileged” way.

** No mediation with Rabat

Regarding the diplomatic crisis between Algeria and Morocco, Tebboune expressed the refusal of any mediation between his country and Rabat.

And to continue: “The executioner and the victim cannot be put on an equal footing. We reacted to an aggression, constant since our independence in 1962, and of which we are not at the origin.”

Tebboune hinted that the crisis with Morocco would not go as far as armed conflict, saying: “We are a people who have known war and who yearn for peace, but we will not tolerate being attacked. . “

On August 24, Algeria announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Morocco, due to what it described as “hostile and repeated” actions. While Rabat expressed regret over this decision, qualifying its justifications as “false”.

A few days later, the Egyptian and Saudi diplomats contacted the foreign ministers of Algeria, Ramtane Lamamra, and of Morocco, Nasser Bourita, and mentioned signs of mediation between the two neighbors.

** Saïed and Ghannouchi

Regarding the situation in Tunisia, Tebboune said Algeria is committed not to interfere in Tunisian internal affairs.

Tunisia has been going through a serious political crisis since July 25, when its president, Kaïs Saïed, took a series of exceptional measures, including the freezing of the prerogatives of Parliament, the lifting of the immunity of its deputies and the abolition of the body for the control of the constitutionality of laws.

The Tunisian president thus decided to promulgate laws by presidential decrees, to preside over the prosecution and to dismiss the Prime Minister to assume executive authority himself with the help of a new government.

Tebboune added that he is firmly convinced that Kaïs Saïed is “a patriot and a democrat”.

He added that Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Ennahdha movement and president of the suspended parliament, was to visit Algeria, without revealing whether this visit will finally take place.

The majority of the political forces, including Ennahdha (which has the largest parliamentary bloc with 53 deputies out of 217), reject the exceptional measures decided by Saïed, and consider them a “coup against the constitution”. Other forces support these measures, seeing them as a “correction of course for the 2011 revolution”, in the light of the political, economic and health crises (“coronavirus pandemic).

Saïed, who began a 5-year presidential term in 2019, has said more than once that his emergency measures do not constitute a coup, but are part of the constitution. to protect the state against “imminent danger”, in its judgment.

** Elections in Libya

Regarding the situation in Libya, Tebboune said that his country, due to the short time between the elections scheduled for December 24, has offered Libyans to hold separate regional elections, even if it takes two months.

After years of armed conflict, oil-rich Libya enjoyed a political breakthrough under the auspices of the United Nations a few months ago.

However, tensions have returned to the fore because of differences between the House of Representatives, on the one hand, and the High Council of State, the Union Government and the Presidential Council, on the other, concerning matters relating to the prerogatives and electoral laws.

* Translated from Arabic by Mourad Belhaj

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