The cancellation of Jean Castex’s visit to Algeria shows the suspicion that continues to plague bilateral relations.
A minefield: The expression may contain clichés, and it is difficult to find another formula to define the state of the Franco-Algeria relationship.Last Minute Cancellation-Official Supplement in Paris “Postponed to a later date” -French Prime Minister Jean Castex (Jean Castex) will meet two government heavyweights (Jean-Yves Le Drian and Bruno Le Drian) on Sunday, April 11. Maire (accompanied by Bruno Le Maire) visited Algiers, which once again illustrates the fragility of the Paris-Algiers connection. The diplomatic disappointment is very different from the ongoing reconciliation efforts by Emmanuel Macron and his Algerian opponent Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who has a good personal relationship. . This is precisely the problem: the ideas that the two presidents can forge are not enough to solve the problem of France-Algeria that is more complicated than ever.
Paris cited the health argument of Covid-19 to justify this setback in the calendar, but this clearly only explains part of it. According to French diplomatic sources, the real reason is Algiers’ dissatisfaction with Islamabad. “Format” Representative of the French delegation, this is not in line with the expectations of the host country. In order to seek international legitimacy during a critical period of dual challenges-Chirac on the inside (protest movement) and activism in Moroccan diplomacy on the outside-the Algerian government has high ambitions for this visit to France.
The High-Level Intergovernmental Committee (CIHN) is a forum established by former President François Hollande (François Hollande) after his visit to Algiers in December 2012-Mr. Castex’s visit is the highest dialogue between the two countries Policy forum. During the last Algiers summit in 2016, no less than ten ministers accompanied Manuel Valls, who was also the head of the French government. But this time, French withdrawals doubled-MM. Blanquer and Darmanin withdrew at the last minute-reducing the delegation together with Mr. Castex to only the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Economy.Algiers does not like this format “Downgrade”, Emphasizes the diplomatic origins. Therefore, it was decided to postpone the meeting to a more affluent day.
The new French-Algeria “crisis”? “This is just a postponed deadline, no one has died”, Relativize French sources related to this visit. Whether there is Covid-19 or not, Paris’ lack of enthusiasm to mobilize ministerial officials to the event reflects the breakdown of bilateral relations, where disputes rooted in migraines surpassed agreements that provided satisfaction.
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