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Canada Morocco: Mohammed VI deplores the tensions with Algeria and calls for the reopening of the borders

21:30  01 august  2021
21:30  01 august  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le roi du Maroc, Mohammed VI, le 17 novembre 2018. © Fadel Senna / AFP The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, November 17, 2018.

in Morocco, on the occasion of the 22nd Anniversary of his accession to the throne, Mohammed VI delivered this Saturday, July 31, a speech to the nation. An intervention that has not passed unnoticed because the king lamented the tensions between his country and Algeria. "You will never have to fear in malevolence on the part of Morocco," he launched at his neighbor before calling to reopen the borders with Algeria.

It is a statement for the least unexpected Moroccan ruler, whereas the relations between the two countries had yet degraded, lately. Mohammed VI played on Saturday, the appeasement, deploring the tensions with Algeria: "the safety and stability of Algeria, and the tranquility of its people are organically linked to the security and stability of Morocco," he launched during his address to the nation. The King of Morocco invited Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune "to make wisdom" and "work in unison with the development of reports" between the two countries.

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Mohammed VI reiterated his call to the reopening of borders with his neighbor - closed borders since the summer of 1994 - and EC on the initiative of Algeria.


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This statement intervenes in a stirred context between the two countries. If Rabat and Algiers face, for decades, on the question of Western Sahara , the tension was rising from a notch, in recent days, after remarks of the Moroccan ambassador to the UN. The latter had said, mid-July, support the self-determination of the Kabyle people in Algeria , an unbearable provocation in the eyes of Algiers who recalled his ambassador to Morocco for consultations.

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dissociate the question of the Sahara from the question of borders

"Morocco is very applicant for the reopening of borders. It is even a very recurring speech and very old at Mohammed VI. But deep down, Morocco wants to separate the question of the Sahara from the border issue. Algeria explains precisely on one side that it can not reopen its borders with a country since it has a territorial litigation, and Morocco wants to dissociate the two. So, litigation and fight on the Sahara from the point of view of Morocco, open arms as is the case, this time, as soon as it is Algeria, the Algerian people in particular, to go through - The head of the leaders and the army ", analyzes the historian Pierre Vermeren who teaches the contemporary Maghreb at the University Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne.

"I do not see there a contradiction. I see there, on the contrary, the perpetuation of a kind of duel, of duality which finally explains for political reasons there too, since the king of Morocco, as Commander of the believers must also, politically and Religiously, to be in a benevolence vis-à-vis other peoples. There is the mystical brother peoples in the Maghreb. There, it is reactivated again, "concludes the researcher.

Algeria worries about the situation at its Tunisian neighbor .
© Slim Abid / Tunisian Presidency / AFP Tunisian Presidents Kaïs Saïed and Abdelmadjid Tebboune on February 2nd 2020 in Algiers. Algiers worries the political developments that have been taking place in Tunisia since July 25. Evidence is that Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune called his Tunisian counterpart Kaïs Saïed twice in four days, and his Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamra made two visits to Tunisia during the same period.

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