Algeria severs diplomatic ties with Morocco

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Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra gestures as he reads a statement from the country's president in Algiers, Algeria, August 24, 2021. /CFP

Algeria is severing diplomatic relations with Morocco, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra announced on Tuesday.

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra gestures as he reads a statement from the country’s president in Algiers, Algeria, on August 24, 2021. /CFP

Lamamra read a letter on behalf of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune during a press conference held at the International Conference Center in capital Algiers, saying “Algeria has decided as of today (Tuesday) to break off its diplomatic relations with Morocco.”

He added that this decision is motivated by the fact that Algeria rejects the logic of the “fait accompli” and the unilateral policies that Morocco has been taking.

Lamamra recalled “the hostile acts” of Morocco towards Algeria since mid-July, particularly “the support given to what Morocco’s ambassador to the UN called the right to self-determination of the ‘valiant Kabyle people’ in Algeria.”

Lamamra further accused Morocco of supporting two organizations that Algerian authorities classified as terrorist organizations, namely the Movement for the Self-Determination of Kabylie and the Movement of Rachad.

The foreign minister also recalled Morocco’s involvement in the so-called “Pegasus espionage operation” which targeted a number of countries, including Algeria, as well as some past incidents.

“For all these reasons, Algeria has decided to break off diplomatic relations with Morocco,” concluded the Algerian top diplomat.

This decision comes a week after President Tebboune stated that relations with Morocco should be reviewed.

Algeria and Morocco have been undergoing tense relations for decades. Their border has been closed since 1994 after Rabat started imposing visa entry on Algerian nationals following a bomb attack in Marrakesh.

 

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