Algerian Islamist parties have opposed a proposed visit by Morocco’s Justice and Development Party (PJD) to Algeria.
Rabat – The PJD, Morocco’s ruling party, announced on Tuesday its intention to start visiting Algerian political parties, following King Mohammed VI’s speech calling for a dialogue with “openness” and “good faith” between the countries.
The Algerian Ennahda and Front for Justice and Construction (FJC) parties rejected the invitation Thursday, according to Algerian media outlet TSA.
“The PJD is the ruling party in his country. Therefore, they will act as a representative of the Moroccan government. I think that this approach advocated by this Moroccan party will not lead it to what it wants,” said Mohamed Doubi, the secretary general of Ennahda.
The PJD said it wanted to meet Algerian parties “in order to seek solutions with a view to normalizing bilateral relations and overcoming all disputes that prevent the development of cooperation between the two countries”.
If the PJD “wants to achieve positive results, it must take an initiative in a formal framework through the government it leads. The parties do not have the capacity to make decisions binding on both countries,” Doubi said. He added that opening the border must be studied between the governments of the two countries.
Algeria’s FJC went even further, saying the onus was on Morocco, reports TSA. “Morocco must first put an end to the tension,” said Slimane Chenine, deputy of the FJC party. “The PJD’s initiative linked to King Mohammed VI’s speech is not in line with our movement’s approach,” Chenine said.
Spain, France, the UAE, Jordan, the African Union and the United Nations Secretary-General have supported King Mohammed VI’s initiative to establish a joint political mechanism for dialogue with Algeria.