Abdelmadjid Tebboune has said that relations between Algiers and Rabat can be fixed if the main cause of the conflict is removed.
In his message, the Moroccan monarch expressed his “heartfelt congratulations and his best wishes of full success in office” to the new Algerian president.
The King also reiterated his call to open a “new page in relations between the two neighboring countries, based on mutual trust and constructive dialogue.”
Previously, in November 2018, the King had insisted that Morocco was ready to engage in a frank and serious dialogue with Algeria o to break the “political stalemate between Rabat and Algiers, to restore full diplomatic ties, and to reopen the borders between the two countries.”
In July 2019, the King renewed his call for dialogue with Algeria on the 20th anniversary of his ascension to the throne.
The monarch said that Morocco has reaffirmed its sincere commitment to the “policy of the outstretched hand towards our Algerian brothers, out of loyalty to the bonds rooted in brotherhood, religion, language and good-neighborliness that have always existed between the peoples of the two sister nations.”
Since then, the Algerian government has been turning a deaf ear to Morocco’s offer.
During his presidential campaign, Tebboune made several remarks about the cold relations between Morocco and Algeria.
The Algerian president-elect also notably spoke about Rabat in his first statements as president Algeria. In both instances, however, Tebboune’s remarks were vague, meandering, and even hawkish at times.
He mostly put the blame on Morocco for the fraught relations between the two neighbors. And when appearing to talk about the need to open borders, he has done so offhandedly, downplaying the extent of the hostility between the two countries and not once addressing Morocco’s repeated calls for dialogue.
He said before his election that Morocco should apologize to Algeria for imposing visa regulations on Algerians after the Asni attacks in Marrakech in August 1994.
The statements are seen as hostile towards Morocco.
In a recent statement, made following his election on December 13, Tebboune confirmed his country’s position, emphasizing that “there have been events that have caused the borders to close [between Algeria and Morocco]. In my opinion, the main cause of the conflict must be removed and everything else will follow.”
He also said that he is “extremely sensitive when it comes to national sovereignty. I forgive no one for interfering or for harming our sovereignty.”