The Arab League has shown its readiness to help restore the ties between Morocco and Algeria, which had broken off at the end of August, through dialogue.
This has been assured by the Deputy Secretary General of the Arab League, Hossam Zaki, Sputnik. “The Arab League has announced the ability and willingness to play a positive role in resolving the conflict,” although this “requires the consent of both parties,” he added.
The Algerian government announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Morocco on August 24, alleging a number of circumstances, including the lack of progress in settling the dispute over Western Sahara, in which Algiers is an ally of the Polisario Front.
Morocco described the decision as “unjustified” despite “being expected given the logic of the escalation observed in recent weeks” and “categorically rejected the deceptive, even absurd pretexts underlying the Algiers decision”.
Algiers called its ambassador for consultations in July after the Moroccan ambassador to the United Nations endorsed the self-determination of the Kabyle people in Algeria. He also didn’t like the fact that Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid from Morocco questioned Algeria’s role in the region.
The Algerian government also accuses Morocco of allegedly supporting organizations classified as terrorist and espionage using the Pegasus software, which Algeria is said to have been the victim of.
The General Secretary of the Arab League, Ahmed Abul Gheit, regretted Algeria’s decision “deeply” and called on “the two countries to take cautious measures and avoid further escalation”.
“Algeria and Morocco are key common countries and we still hope that the minimum relationships for the continuity of stability and the interests of the region will be restored,” said Gheit.