Recovered, the Algerian president expressed his gratitude to Angela Merkel. Abelmadjid Tebboune thanked the Chancellor for the hospital care provided in Germany since the end of October after contracting the coronavirus in Algeria, reports the Algerian presidency.
Abelmadjid Tebboune received a phone call from Angela Merkel who “inquired about his state of health” and to whom he expressed in return “his heartfelt thanks for the care provided in Germany,” said a statement released Monday evening. The German Chancellor sent him her “wishes for a speedy recovery”.
During their meeting, the two leaders “discussed regional issues of common interest, in particular the situation in Libya”, plunged into chaos since the fall of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. They “spoke at length about the health and economic situation in the two countries as well as cooperation between Algeria and Germany and the means to strengthen it, ”adds the text.
First appearance for several months
On Sunday, the Algerian president appeared for the first time since his medical transfer to Germany on October 28 in a five-minute video message broadcast on his Twitter account and then relayed by television.
Visibly thinner, Abelmadjid Tebboune, 75, tried to reassure Algerians about his state of health. He has promised to return to Algeria in three weeks at the latest, once his recovery is over.
His last public appearance was on October 15, when he met French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
This prolonged absence plunged Algeria back into the humiliating pangs of the end of the reign of his predecessor Abdelaziz Bouteflika, when the latter, struck by a stroke in 2013, continued, helpless and aphasic, to assume the presidential office before being ousted from power in April 2019 by the popular uprising of the Hirak.
Officially, Abelmadjid Tebboune still holds the reins of the state. But, detained abroad, he has not been able to exercise several of his prerogatives for nearly two months, such as promulgating the new Constitution or signing the 2021 finance law.
On Monday, political parties, organizations and media close to power welcomed the president’s message and his desire to stay the course in the face of “sowers of doubt who spread lies and discord”.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr