Case of 7000 Algerian illegal migrants: President Tebboune dubbed figures “big lie”

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ALGIERS- The President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, on Sunday evening, described as “a big lie” the figures put forward by the French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Moussa Darmanin.

The latter mentioned 7,000 irregular migrants who are said to be of Algerian nationality, and that Paris wants to expel.

Indeed, during his periodic meeting with the national media, President Tebboune specified that “France has never mentioned more than 94 cases”.

In this regard, President Tebboune revealed that both lists sent to Algeria in 2020 and 2021, include the names of 94 individuals, of which 21 have been authorized to return to Algeria, while 16 others were outright turned back, and they will never set their feet in Algeria, because of their involvement in terrorist acts.

In this vein, the chairman of the Algerian lower house of Parliament (the People’s National Assembly) foreign affairs committee, Hani Mohamed, explained that some the Algerians expelled have returned from terrorist radicalization groups, after France trained them to carry out missions in Mali and different regions, while others are not even Algerians.

To a question on the reduction in the number of visas granted by France to Algerians, President Tebboune affirmed that “this is a matter of sovereignty for each state. However, the Evian Accords and those of 1968 should be respected ”.

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