Morocco’s Prime Minister, Saadeddine El Othmani, said he hopes a bright future for Algeria and hopes the two countries will overcome their differences, asserting that the construction of the Maghreb union can not be realized without the participation of everyone, “in reference to Algeria”.
The official of the executive chamber added that he still hopes relations with Algeria will to improve, and explained in response to a question on “France 24” at the beginning of the week, regarding the demonstrations of Algerians since February,22; “I wish a bright future for Algeria and the Maghreb space can only be built with the participation of all the parties”.
El Othmani, who was formerly the Foreign Minister, used a purely diplomatic language in his quick talk about Algeria; “We are determined that relations with Algeria will be based on dialogue, consultation and cooperation, and that Maghreb relations will be strong and this will be achieved.”
In recent months, tension has eased between the two countries, and Rabat has avoided going into the popular protests that are taking place for months in Algeria, as the Moroccan authorities have affirmed their position of “non-interference” in the internal affairs of Algeria.
“Morocco decided not to intervene in recent developments in Algeria and to make no comment on the matter”, Foreign Minister, Nasser Bourita said in mid-March.
“Morocco has neither involvement in the internal developments in Algeria, nor comment on it in any way”, he added.
The Moroccan government has not commented on developments in Algeria since the beginning of the demonstrations against Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term.
The Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi refused to answer a question on the subject during his meeting, and Morocco’s “silence” about what is happening in its eastern neighbor, while some reports said that Rabat issued positions on what is happening in Algeria and that it coordinates with Paris on developments in this country.
Nasser Bourita expressed his surprise at the published news that is attributed to Moroccan diplomacy, asserting that “his country rejects the claim that it coordinates with other countries, especially France, regarding what is happening in Algeria, and that his country has not made any contact with Paris or any other country on this subject”.
With the start of the Africa Cup of Nations, and the success of the Algeria national team in reaching the finals, the level of “brotherhood” between the two peoples has increased, and Moroccans have shown great support for Djamal Belamadi’s realizations, as this was noticed in a number of cities in the Kingdom, where Moroccans celebrated the results that were achieved by the colleagues of Riyad Mahrez, but the emotions remain far from ending the years-long dispute between the two countries.