Algeria has announced end of its diplomatic relations with Morocco. The Algerian government accuses the Moroccan kingdom of constantly carrying out hostile actions against Algeria, waging war against the Algerian people and its leaders.
“Algeria rejects to be subjected to such acts and behaviors. Algeria also rejects the logic of the unilateral policies with their disastrous consequences on the peoples of the Maghreb region. Algeria reject to maintain abnormality which aims at retaining the countries of the Maghreb region within a constant state of insecurity,” said Algerian Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamra.
“The Moroccan kingdom has never stopped its hostile actions against Algeria,” he said, announcing the immediate cessation of ties. Consulates in each country, however, will stay open, he added.
Algieria also accuses Rabat for the recent deadly forest fires that killed at least 90 people in the north of the country, in Kabylia. The North African country said one of two groups it recently designated as “terrorist” organisations, was backed by Morocco and Israel.
Criticising the move by Algeria, the Kingdom of Morocco labelled it “completely unjustified but expected” unilateral decision.
Relations between Algiers and Morocco have been fraught in past decades, though it deteriorated since last year, when the Western Sahara issue flared up after years of comparative quiet. Morocco regards the disputed territory as its own. Algeria backs the Polisario independence movement.