The French delegation, as well as the diplomats who accompanied Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne during her day trip to Algiers, from Sunday October 9 to Monday October 10, insisted on a term to qualify the rebuilding of relations between Algeria and France: “concrete”. The message is clear: the two parties have decided to pass declarations of intent and of the professions of faith to practice.
Regarding the visa file, which is also one of the most sensitive, one of the first results of the visit should be an upcoming trip to Paris by the Algerian Minister of the Interior, Brahim Merad, to meet his French counterpart Gérald Darmanin . According to a source close to Matignon who did not wish to be identified, the principle of the visit of the Algerian minister was recorded during the High Level Intergovernmental Committee (CIHN) which was held in Algiers. Pending the official announcement, this trip would be a first for at least two decades. Of course, it is in line with the desire of Algiers and Paris to iron out differences and ease tensions around the issue of visas, mobility persons, as well as the renewal of Algerian nationals subject to an expulsion order.
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It is an understatement to say that this trip by Brahim Merad would be a real step forward, insofar as the quarrel between Paris and Algiers during the summer and fall of 2021, which culminated with the recall of the former Algerian ambassador. in France, was caused by these tensions on illegal mobility. The lack of cooperation from Algiers in the enforcement of the Obligations to Leave French Territory (OQTF) and in the issuance of consular passes allowing its nationals in an irregular situation or having been the subject of an expulsion (they were some 7,000 people in the summer of 2021) had angered the Élysée and the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin. Today the storm seems passé.