UN Renews Support to Dialogue between Morocco, Algeria

King Mohammed VI’s call for Algeria to open a frank and direct dialogue to overcome divergences between the two neighboring countries continues to garner support at the international level.

The support for the royal initiative was renewed on Thursday by the United Nations.

“We have always been very supportive of increased dialogue between Algeria and Morocco, whose relationship is very important to the region,” said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, during his daily press briefing in New York.

This is the second time this month that the UN spokesman comments on the proposal made by King Mohammed on November 6 in a speech marking the 43rd anniversary of the Green March.

This renewed support to the King’s call translates the importance given by the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres to rapprochement between Morocco and Algeria.

On November 7, Stéphane Dujarric declared that the Secretary-General had “always been in favor of a reinforced dialogue between Morocco and Algeria”.

In his November 6 speech, the Moroccan Sovereign deplored the state of Moroccan-Algerian relations as “unreasonable” and “utterly inconsistent” with the brotherly bonds uniting the two peoples, who share the same religion, language, history and destiny.

To remedy the situation, the Sovereign called for a direct and frank dialogue in order to settle the transient and objective differences impeding the development of relations between the two countries and suggested the establishment of a mechanism for dialogue and consultation to break the stalemate in bilateral relations.

The Royal initiative was welcomed by several Western, Arab and African countries as an opportunity to open new perspectives for peace, stability and development in the Maghreb.

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