Weeks after Morocco offered to open dialogue with Algeria, the government’s lack of response has one high-ranking Algerian politician confused.
Rabat – The secretary-general of Algeria’s Workers Party Louisa Hanoune has said that she does not understand why her country remains silent on Morocco’s dialogue offer.
Quoted by TSA, Hanoune said, “the King of Morocco has issued an invitation for a dialogue without conditions or taboos with the Algerian authorities.”
“We did not understand, up to now, the silence of the Algerian diplomatic corps,” she said.
While acknowledging that it was a different subject, she approved of Algeria’s request for an emergency meeting of the Arab Maghreb Union(AMU) foreign affairs ministers, saying it “is good.”Hanoune said the AMU meeting would be about “only the AMU, but about opening a dialogue between the leaders of the two countries.”
She added that the Algerian diplomatic corps has made everyone in Algeria “accustomed” to “respond, with force, to all situations in the past.”
It has been nearly one month since King Mohammed VI announced Morocco’s dialogue offer to Algeria on Green March Day, November 6, inviting Algeria to engage in a frank and direct dialogue to normalize diplomatic bonds with its neighbor.
Up to this point, Algeria has not officially responded to Rabat’s offer. Morocco’s eastern neighbour only issued the statement requesting a meeting of the AMU’s foreign affairs ministers. Rabat said that Algeria’s indirect response was unrelated to the royal initiative, saying that Morocco wants to get an official response from Algeria.
In response to Algeria’s AMU invitation, Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the state of “lethargy that the AMU has known for years, is mainly due to the abnormal nature of Moroccan-Algerian relations, which can be treated only in the framework of a bilateral dialogue, direct and without intermediaries.”
The ministry said that Morocco is for the meeting of the AMU, but the government still wants to receive a more official response from Algeria.