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Macron seeks 'new relationship' with former colony Algeria

Source: Associated Press

Aomar Ouali, Associated Press
Updated 11:25am, Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Macron seeks 'new relationship' with former colony Algeria
Aomar Ouali, Associated Press

Updated 11:25am, Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that he hopes to "open a new chapter" in his country's relationship with Algeria, one of its former colonies in Africa, by boosting security and economic cooperation.

After arriving in Algiers for a one-day visit, Macron laid a wreath at the Martyrs' Memorial, a monument commemorating the Algeria's eight years of war with France that resulted in the country gaining independence in 1962 after 132 years under colonial rule.

"It's also a new chapter with this new Algerian generation who probably looks at France in a different way, who must also look at the promises of its own country and go and conquer a future which is not completely bright," Macron said while exchanging a few words and shaking hands with many young Algerians during a walk in the center of the capital city.

The French leader also is meeting with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. They were to discuss the situation in neighboring Libya, as well as fighting extremism in the Sahel region of Africa, according to the French presidency.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/world/article/French-President-Macron-visits-Algeria-to-boost-12409179.php

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