Moroccan King Mohammed VI called on Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune to work together as soon as he sees fit, to develop relations built through years of common struggle.
Mohammed VI stressed in a speech on the 22nd anniversary of the accession to the Throne that it is illogical to keep the border with Algeria closed.
He added, “What affects Algeria’s security affects Morocco’s security, and vice versa,” stressing that Morocco and Algeria are more than two neighboring countries… They are identical twins.
He said, “The current state of these relations does not satisfy us, and is not in the interest of our peoples, and is not accepted by many countries.”
He continued, “My conviction is that open borders are the normal situation between two neighboring countries and two peoples.”
He considered that closing the borders is inconsistent with a natural right and an original legal principle enshrined in international covenants, including the Marrakesh Founding Treaty of the Arab Maghreb Union, which provides for the freedom of movement of people, services, goods and capital between its countries.
He said: “I have expressed this openly since 2008, and I have emphasized it several times on various occasions, especially that neither the current Algerian president, nor the former one, nor am I responsible for the decision to close, but we are politically and morally responsible for its continuation; before God, and before history, and in front of our citizens.