Algerian ambassador to return to France in coming days -Elysee

PARIS (Reuters) – Algeria’s ambassador to France will return to Paris in the coming days, French President Emmanuel Macron’s Elysee office said on Friday, in a move signalling a recovery in relations a month after a diplomatic spat.

The Elysee palace said that during a telephone conversation, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune had told Macron that the ambassador would return.

In February, Algeria recalled its ambassador to Paris, accusing France of orchestrating the escape of an activist it wants for arrest and triggering a new crisis between the countries after months of warming relations.

Amira Bouraoui, a rights activist detained during the 2019 mass protests in Algeria and freed from prison in 2020, had allegedly crossed into Tunisia illegally after evading Algerian judicial surveillance, according to Algerian and French media.

She was arrested in Tunisia in early February but was later allowed to fly to France, French media have reported.

“The two heads of state have discussed the conditions of the departure from Tunisia and arrival in France… of a franco-algerian national … this discussion has cleared up misunderstandings,” the Elysee statement said.

It added that following Macron’s visit to Algeria last August, the presidents agreed on the need to boost cooperation between the two countries in every area, with a view to a future state visit to France by Tebboune.

(Reporting by GV De Clercq; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta, William Maclean)