PARIS – Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to the Algerian Consulate of Algeria in Nanterre (France), where he inspected the situation of consular services and citizens’ concerns.
The minister visited the services and listened attentively to the complaints and the concerns of the members of the Algerian community, mainly focused on the administrative documents, notably the biometric passports.
Moreover, the consul outlined the efforts made for granting facilitations to the Algerian community.
In a press statement, the Minister said he is’ ‘very attentive’ to the situation of the Algerian community abroad, adding that his ministry received ”many” reports, claims and criticism about the performance of the Algerian consulates’.
”We are here to discuss the situation, we noted the attachment of the members of our community to the country and the willingness to work together with the services of the consulate,” to solve the existing problems, he added.
Underlining that the responsibilities are ‘‘shared’‘ in this situation, the minister said that the government will consider ‘‘very strong measures’‘ in a bid to develop the performance of the consulate services.
For him, the long waiting of citizens at consulates for administrative documents, notably the biometric passports, are ” unacceptable.”
”The government, under the leadership of President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has launched a major operation to make the Algerian administration less bureaucratic,” he recalled, recognizing that constraints remain so we need to raise the quality of performance of the Algerian administration.
This is the second unannounced visit of the Minister to consular services.