Despite recent escalation, Morocco’s government is ready to open a direct and “frank” dialogue to break the stalemate with Algeria.
In recent years, many Algerian and Moroccan activists and cultural figures have called for “peace and reconciliation” between two “sister nations.”
They have urged authorities in both countries to e reopen the borders, arguing that this would serve the long-standing cause of Maghrebi unity, stability, and prosperity.
Earlier this year, the Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis (MIPA) found that 89% of Moroccans want the reopening of borders with Algeria.
MIPA’s statistics were based on interviews with 1,200 people from different demographics across Morocco, between October 15 and December 30, 2019.
Despite Moroccans’ overwhelmingly positive feelings about their “Algerian brothers,” it goes without saying that Algeria’s repeated hostile attempts against Morocco upset most Moroccans.
Algiers’ most recent hostile, anti-Morocco move came last week on Friday, when the Algerian Islamic Affairs Ministry called on imams to discuss Western Sahara and the Palestinian cause in their Friday’s sermons.
The hostile move, which appeared to be a reaction to the announcement of the resumption of diplomatic ties between Morocco and Israel, sought to ignite more anti-Moroccan sentiments among Algerians.
Amid tense finger-pointing and accusations of “betraying” the Palestinian cause, Morocco remains adamant that its position on the Palestinian question is one of “cosntant” and “principled” support for a two-state solution.
Rabat has to date refuted all rummor and accusations of “selling out” the Palestinian cause for US support on Western Sahara.
Within hours of the news of the Morocco-Israel agreement, Mohammed VI reassured the Palestinian leadership that no measure will affect Rabat’s principled stance to defend Palestine’s independence and the legitimate rights of its people.
Morocco World News