The President of Algeria, Abdelmayid Tebboune, and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, signed on Saturday in Algiers a document certifying a “new irreversible dynamic” in relations between the two countries, 60 years after Algerian independence from French colonialism.
“France and Algeria, strong in the exceptional human ties that unite them and resolutely determined to promote their friendship and consolidate their achievements in terms of cooperation and partnership, renew their commitment to place their relations in a dynamic of irreversible progress commensurate with the depth of their historical ties and the density of their cooperation,” the Elysee announced in a statement.
This “irreversible dynamic” will translate, above all, into the creation of the so-called High Council for Cooperation at the level of Heads of State, “to deepen and design, together in a spirit of trust and mutual respect, appropriate measures responses to bilateral issues,” and which will meet every two years, alternately in Paris and Algiers.
In the historical section, the two countries have agreed to set up a “mixed commission” of French and Algerian historians on the colonial era and the War of Independence, including the opening and restitution of archives, property and the remains of Algerian resistance fighters, as well as those who disappeared.
France and Algeria will give new impetus to their economic relations in order to promote a balanced partnership in the interests of both countries, particularly as regards energy transition, notably through cooperation in the fields of gas and hydrogen.