After the PJD’s offer, Morocco’s Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS) announced its interest in discussing Morocco’s dialogue offer with Algerian political parties.
Rabat- In a statement published on Tuesday, November 13, the party said that it decided to “establish contacts” with Algerian parties to support King Mohammed VI’s dialogue initiative that he offered in his Green March speech on November 6.
The King said that Morocco and Algeria should work together to normalize bilateral ties, announcing Morocco’s determination to consider “the proposals or initiatives Algeria may want to offer in this regard to break the stalemate in the relations between the two countries.”
Besides the PPS, Morocco’s Justice and Development Party (PJD) also issued a statement, emphasizing that its members will visit Algeria to find ways to “overcome all disagreements” that prevent the development of cooperation between Algeria and Morocco.
It has been 10 days since King Mohammed VI announced Morocco’s willingness to enter into a dialogue with Algeria. Algeria has not yet issued any official statement regarding the offer, but relied on an anonymous “authorized source” quoted by Algerian media to announce its position on the Moroccan initiative.
According to the source cited by TSA, Algeria finds the offer “questionable” and “not sincere.”
Several Algerian Islamist parties opposed Morocco’s offer to Algeria.
TSA reported yesterday that PJD 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 party .
He added that the two countries’ governments should study the possibility of opening the border together. The Morocco-Algeria border has been closed since 1994.
The deputy of Algeria’s Front for Justice and Construction party (FCJ), Sliman Chenine, said that Morocco “must first put an end to the tension.”
Algerian media and the anonymous “authorized source” said that Algeria would accept Morocco’s offer with conditions. The first condition is related to Morocco’s position on the Western Sahara conflict. Algeria wants Morocco to remain neutral in the conflict and keep it within the context of the auspices of the United Nations.
Morocco backs the UN-led political process, but would object to Algeria’s condition about neutrality because Morocco has been mobilizing its diplomacy internationally to defend its position for four decades.