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Newsline: France’s top diplomat urges cooperation with Algeria after crisis

France’s top diplomat Jean-Yves Le Drian said cooperation with Algeria is “indispensible” for regional stability, during a visit to the former French colony. “We are facing regional challenges, first and foremost terrorism,” he said late Wednesday after meeting his counterpart Ramtane Lamamra and President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. “So our cooperation on security and for the stabilisation of the region is indispensable in the Mediterranean and in Africa.” (https://news.yahoo.com/frances-le-drian-urges-cooperation-131327956.html) France and Algeria have been attempting to improve their ties after a diplomatic crisis. Algeria had withdrawn its ambassador in October after French President Emmanuel Macron accused Algeria’s “political-military system” of rewriting history and fomenting “hatred towards France”. Le Drain had visited in December in order to repair the damage and the French ambassador returned in January.

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