Rabat – Moroccan and Algerian activists are standing side by side for the same goal: the reopening of borders between Morocco and Algeria. According to Arabic outlet Al Ahdath Al Maghribia, the two countries’ citizens decided to organize two marches—one from Oujda and one from Maghnia—to the border between the countries.
The initiators launched the event on social media, deciding to march on July 22 “to call on the authorities of both countries to open borders,” according to the same outlet.
Thousands of people responded favorably to the march, including residents of the Moroccan Oriental region, reported Al Ahdath Al Maghribia.
Two marches will take place at the same time, one from Oujda to the border “Zouj Bghal” and the other from Maghnia to the borders.
Morocco and Algeria may possibly consider the proposition. Last week, Algerian Minister of Youth and Sports Mohamed Hattab said that his country is “ready to study a possible joint bid” with Morocco and Tunisia to organize the 2030 World Cup.
Many hope that relations between Morocco and Algeria will improve, especially after the latter decided to vote for the former instead of United 2026 to organize the 2026 World Cup. Unfortunately, Algeria’s vote didn’t make a difference.
The closure of the border between the neighbors dates back to 1994. The decision to close the borders was made by Algeria after Rabat imposed visa regulations on Algerian visitors in the wake of a terrorist attack on the Atlas Asni Hotel in Marrakech.
Despite Morocco decision to lift the visa requirement in 2004 and Algeria’s decision to follow suit the following year, the closed-border situation has not changed.