Chirac to Visit Maghreb Countries in Early December
French President Jacques Chirac will visit Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco in early December, according to reports.
In an official statement cited by Morocco’s official news agency (MAP), the Moroccan Royal Court said that President Chirac would visit Morocco on December 2.
AFP cited Elysee spokesman Catherine Colonna as a saying Chirac’s visit would be "part of the concerted effort that France is pursuing to address international developments."
The Moroccan agency added that King Mohammed would meet the visiting president upon his arrival.
Chirac’s visit to Algeria - the first by a French president since 1989 - follows a state visit by Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in June 2000 that helped improve relations between Algeria and its former colonial power, AFP said.
Colonna said that "Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco are France's key partners in the Mediterranean," adding that Paris had "close relations" with the three countries in all areas – Albawaba.com
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