Amidst diplomatic tensions between Algeria and Paris, Algeria has recalled its ambassador to France –Mohamed Antar-Daoud for consultations.
This is coming after what it called “irresponsible” comments attributed to French President Emmanuel Macron.
“Following comments that several sources attributed to Macron, Algeria expresses its categorical rejection of inadmissible interference in its internal affairs,” the presidency said in a statement.
“Faced with the particularly inadmissible situation inflicted by these irresponsible remarks, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune decided to immediately recall the ambssador,” it said.
The statement said the remarks, which have been denied by French authorities, are harmful to Algerian martyrs who fought for independence from France.
“Those remarks are an intolerable attack on the memory of martyrs,” it said.
On Thursday, the government summoned the French ambassador to Algiers after Paris decided to cut down the number of visas it issues to nationals of Algeria and other countries in North Africa.
Algeria’s foreign ministry described as a “unilateral decision of the French government” the move, which France said was in response to Maghreb governments’ refusal to take back illegal migrants sent home by Paris.