October 22, 2021

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Algeria invited its ambassador in Paris to consult on the visa dispute

France said on Tuesday that it will significantly reduce the number of visas issued to nationals of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

Algeria had invited its ambassador in Paris for consultations. This came after France decided to significantly reduce the number of visas for Algerian nationals, AFP reported on Saturday.

“Algeria invites its ambassador from Paris to consult, and a statement will be issued in this regard (later),” Algerian state television said, referring to the office of Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

On Wednesday, the Algerian Foreign Ministry summoned the French ambassador to Algeria to explain an official protest against the French government’s decision regarding visas.

France said on Tuesday that it will significantly reduce the number of visas issued to nationals of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. At the same time, the government in Paris accused these former French colonies of not doing enough to allow illegal immigrants to return from France to their homeland.

Thus, the French government will reduce the number of visas available to citizens of Algeria and Morocco, while reducing the number of visas available to Tunisians by nearly a third. “It is a necessary decision because these countries do not take back citizens … we cannot leave them in France,” a French government spokesman said.

According to the station, French President Emmanuel Macron reached this decision in August after the failure of diplomatic efforts to resolve differences over the return of migrants to these African countries.

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