Rabat - Following the controversy sparked last month when Morocco’s former Prime Minister was “humiliated” by customs agents in Algiers, a spokesman from the office of the President of Algeria presented Algeria’s apologies to Morocco on Wednesday for its lack of respect and diplomacy in the treatment the Moroccan politician.
Rabat – Following the controversy sparked last month when Morocco’s former Prime Minister was “humiliated” by customs agents in Algiers, a spokesman from the office of the President of Algeria presented Algeria’s apologies to Morocco on Wednesday for its lack of respect and diplomacy in the treatment the Moroccan politician.
Abderrahman Youssoufi, Morocco’s former Head of Government, suffered “humiliation” at the Algiers Airport in late December when customs agents conducted an extensive search of his luggage just as if he “were a terrorist,” according to Le360 news website.
The Chief of Protocol of Algeria visited the Embassy of Morocco in Algiers on Wednesday morning to extend the apology on behalf of the Algerian President.
The Algerian official from the “El Mouradia” Palace presented an official apology to the Kingdom of Morocco and to its former Prime Minister Youssoufi, the same source noted.
The Chief of Protocol was received in the Moroccan Chancellery in Algiers, where he reportedly took the opportunity to express Algeria’s regret for the disrespect and absence of diplomatic protocol due to a senior official and former supporter of the liberation of Algeria.
Abderrahman Youssoufi visited Algeria in late December to offer his condolences to the leaders of the Socialist Forces Front (FFS), following the death of their senior leader Hocine Aït Ahmed, on December 22 in Switzerland.
Youssoufi and Aït Ahmed have maintained a very close relationship dating back to the time when they worked together to free Algeria.
Following his visit in honor of his late friend Aït Ahmed, the Moroccan former leader headed to the Houari Boumediene International Airport in the Algerian capital, to fly back to Morocco.
According to the same source, Algerian customs agents searched Youssoufi’s luggage as if he “were a terrorist, not a respected leader.”
When the 91-year-old former Head of Government arrived in Morocco and checked his baggage, he realized that all of his personal belongings had been thoroughly searched and everything was upside down.
After the incident, a source close to the former Prime Minister was quoted as saying, “The disorder was indescribable, even in his most intimate belongings. This has affected Si Yossoufi greatly. He felt humiliated.”