National memory issues: President Tebboune appoints Chikhi as Algeria's representative

APS - 20 July 2020

ALGIERS- President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, announced on Sunday the appointment of the advisor to the Presidency of the Republic, in charge of National Archives and National Memory, Abdelmadjid Chikhi, as Algeria's representative to lead the ongoing work with the French State on issues of the national memory.

During his periodic interview with national media leaders, President Tebboune said that he had asked Chikhi to represent Algeria in the ongoing work on national memory issues with the French State, represented by the historian Benjamin Stora.

The President of the Republic praised Chikhi's great competence in this field, being "the most informed" of the files to be dealt with by the two parties, particularly in view of his accumulated experience as Director General of the National Archives.

In this connection, President Tebboune recalled that he had agreed with his French counterpart that the two parties would work in this direction "in a normal way," noting that "things have become almost clear and without any tension".

President Macron's appointment of the historian Benjamin Stora is part of "the facilitation of things in order to get out of political tension and political exploitation," said President Tebboune.

Referring to the economic relations linking Algeria to its various partners among brotherly and friendly countries, the President of the Republic said: "We have not excluded France. We are working to recover our national memory, while working on an equal footing with France (in other areas), as dictated by the interests of each country."