Algerian Ambassador to Return to France in Coming Days, Says Elysee

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune (L) leave at the end of a joint press conference at the presidential palace in Algiers, Algeria, Aug. 25, 2022. (AFP)
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune (L) leave at the end of a joint press conference at the presidential palace in Algiers, Algeria, Aug. 25, 2022. (AFP)
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Algerian Ambassador to Return to France in Coming Days, Says Elysee

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune (L) leave at the end of a joint press conference at the presidential palace in Algiers, Algeria, Aug. 25, 2022. (AFP)
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune (L) leave at the end of a joint press conference at the presidential palace in Algiers, Algeria, Aug. 25, 2022. (AFP)

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 signaling 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.



Palestinian Authority at Risk of Collapse, Norway Says

Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
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Palestinian Authority at Risk of Collapse, Norway Says

Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)
Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide attends the annual Kultaranta Talks -debate session on foreign and security policy at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland June 13, 2024. (Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via Reuters)

The Palestinian Authority could collapse in the coming months, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said on Monday, citing a lack of funding, continuing violence and the fact that half a million Palestinians are not allowed to work in Israel.

"The situation is extremely dire. The Palestinian Authority, with whom we work closely, are warning us that they might be collapsing this summer," Barth Eide told Reuters.

"If it collapses, you could end up having another Gaza, which would be terrible for everybody, including the people of Israel," he added.

Norway chairs the international donor group to the Palestinians and is a backer of the PA.