Morocco king favours restoration of diplomatic ties with Algeria | Border Disputes News

King says he needs to re-establish regular relations with Algeria, which reduce off ties final August over the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has referred to as for a restoration of diplomatic ties with neighbouring Algeria, which broke off diplomatic relations with Rabat final yr.

In the course of the conventional speech marking the twenty second anniversary of the king’s accession to the throne on Saturday, Mohammed stated he aspires to determine with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune regular relations between the “two brotherly peoples”.

“I stress as soon as once more that the borders that separate the Moroccan and Algerian brothers won’t ever be limitations stopping their interplay and understanding,” the monarch stated.

He urged Moroccans to “protect the spirit of fraternity, solidarity and good neighbourliness in the direction of our Algerian brothers” and described the 2 international locations as being greater than neighbours.

“We take into account Algeria’s safety and stability as a part of Morocco’s safety and stability,” Mohammed stated. “What impacts Morocco can even have an effect on Algeria, as a result of they’re complementary twins.”

Morocco and Algeria have lengthy been at odds over the disputed territory of Western Sahara, the place the Algiers-backed Polisario Entrance is in search of independence from Rabat’s rule.

Algeria broke off diplomatic relations with Morocco in August 2021, accusing Rabat of “hostile acts”.

The choice was “utterly unjustified”, Rabat stated.

The border between Algeria and Morocco has been closed since 1994.

The disputed standing of Western Sahara – a former Spanish colony thought of a “non-autonomous territory” by the United Nations – has pitted Morocco in opposition to the Polisario Entrance because the Seventies.

Rabat, which controls almost 80 p.c of the territory, is pushing for autonomy beneath its sovereignty.

The Polisario Entrance, nevertheless, needs a UN-sponsored referendum on self-determination.

Morocco’s sovereignty over the territory was backed by Washington in a 2020 deal that additionally noticed Rabat normalise ties with Israel.

Algeria, which helps the Palestinian trigger along with the Entrance, has taken the chance to criticise Morocco’s rising navy cooperation with Israel, which it refers to because the “Zionist entity”.

Referring to “allegations that Moroccans insult Algeria and Algerians”, Mohammed stated they have been the work of “irresponsible people who’re attempting to sow discord”.

“This gossip about Moroccan-Algerian relations is completely mindless and admittedly appalling,” he added.

“We will be unable to rise to inside and exterior challenges with out consolidating social stability and strengthening the economic system.”

The king additionally used Saturday’s speech to pledge reform of the household code in favour of girls’s rights, social protections and value controls at a time of rising inflation.

He additionally pledged to redouble vaccination efforts to battle COVID-19, and thanked the well being sector, the safety forces and public authorities for the “dedication and spirit of accountability” they’ve proven through the pandemic.

The reformist king, 58, has dominated Morocco since July 1999, when he succeeded his father, Hassan II.