In a speech displaying a desire for appeasement, the King of Morocco called for the reopening of land borders with Algeria. He also assured that the security of the two countries was linked.
The King of Morocco Mohammed VI deplored on July 31 the “tensions” between his country and neighboring Algeria, reiterating his call to reopen the land borders with his neighbor, in a speech delivered on the occasion of the feast of the Throne then that relations between Algiers and Rabat experienced new tensions two weeks ago.
The Moroccan ambassador to the UN had indeed announced during a meeting of the non-aligned movement to support the “self-determination” of the “Kabyle people” in Algeria, in reaction to Algeria’s support for the Sahrawi separatists. Algiers retaliated by recalling its ambassador to Rabat for consultations. The Pegasus affair has come to raise a notch Algiers’ mistrust of Rabat after the normalization of relations between Morocco and Israel, viewed with a very negative view on the Algerian side.
In this regard, it is clear that neither His Excellency, the current Algerian president, nor the former president, nor myself are at the origin of this decision to close.
“You will never have to fear malice on the part of Morocco […] The security and stability of Algeria, and the tranquility of its people are organically linked to the security and stability of Morocco, ”assured Mohamed VI, addressing the Algerians. He invited Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune “to make wisdom prevail” and “to work in unison for the development of relations” between the two neighboring countries.
“At his convenience, I invite the Algerian President to work in unison for the development of fraternal relations forged by our two peoples during years of common struggle”, declared the Moroccan monarch, referring in particular to the cooperation of national movements of the two countries against French colonization in the 1950s.
Border closed since 1994
He also reiterated his call to reopen the borders closed since the summer of 1994 at the initiative of Algeria. Algiers had thus responded to Rabat’s decision to impose an entry visa to its territory on Algerians after the attack in Marrakech.
Since 2004, the visa has been abolished and the airlines between the two countries restored, but Algeria refuses to reopen its land borders. “In this regard, it is clear that neither His Excellency, the current Algerian president, nor the former president, nor myself are at the origin of this closure decision”, he noted. on this subject.
For its part, Algiers denounces a hostile media campaign by its eastern neighbor. “Morocco has always been the aggressor,” said President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in an interview with Point in June. He then ruled that Algeria could not “open its borders with a country which attacks it daily”.