Thomas Reilly, Britain’s ambassador to Morocco, has said that dialogue between Morocco and Algeria is key to finding sustainable political solution in Western Sahara.
Rabat – In a tweet, the British representative said that the UK “would like to see progress towards resolving long-standing issues between Maghreb states,” referring to the Western Sahara conflict.
On November 6, King Mohammed VI offered Algeria to engage in a frank and direct dialogue with Morocco to break the stalemate hindering Maghreb unity.
He also said that Morocco is open to “any initiative or proposals” that would help to normalize the “much less than acceptable” relations between the two neighbors.
The UK, according to Reilly, believes that the United Nations talks in Geneva scheduled for December at the request of the personal envoy of the Secretary-General, Horst Kohler, is “important in this regard.”
#UK Interested to see #Moroccan King’s proposal for mechanism for dialogue with #Algeria. UK would like to see progress towards resolving longstanding issues between #Maghreb states. #UN #WesternSahara talks in #Geneva next month important in this regard https://t.co/U97v846RR5
— Thomas Reilly (@TSAReilly) November 20, 2018
The UK was not the only country that backed King Mohammed VI’s proposal. Earlier this month, the US Department of State said that rapprochement between Algeria and Morocco could help de-escalate regional tensions between Rabat and Algiers.
“The US Government has urged Algeria and Morocco to recognize that improved relations will help the two countries tackle common bilateral and regional issues such as terrorism, illegal immigration, drug trafficking and economic integration,” the Department of State told the state-owned news agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
Despite international leaders backing Morocco’s dialogue initiative, Algeria remains silent.
Several Algerian parties responded to Morocco’s offer, especially when Moroccan parties announced that they would visit Algeria to meet with members of political parties.
Algerian parties, including Ennahda, argued that steps to solve issues between the two countries should come from governments rather than political parties.
Spain, Jordan, France, UAE, the United Nations, and the African Union all commended Morocco’s initiative.