King of Morocco wants to overcome differences, normalize relations with Algeria

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Morocco’s King Mohammed VI stated that he wants to establish a joint committee with Algeria to discuss outstanding disputes, including closed borders.

The king made the remarks during a speech on Tuesday on the anniversary of the Green March, which is when a mass demonstration took place in Morocco to force Spain to hand over the disputed Spanish Sahara province.

“Rabat is ready for direct and frank dialogue with brotherly Algeria to overcome the situational and objective differences that hinder the development of relations between the two countries,” King Mohammed VI said.

He added that Morocco is open to proposals and initiatives from Algeria in order to overcome the stalemate in relations.

He also called for the opening of the border between the two countries which has been closed since 1994, and the normalization of relations.

“We must recognize that the state of relations between the two countries is abnormal and unacceptable,” the king said.

He added that both North African countries are united by religion, language, history and a common future. The king also said that the committee will study all issues with “frankness and objectivity, honesty and good faith” without prior conditions or agendas.

The king added that this committee could constitute a practical framework for cooperation on various bilateral issues, particularly in regard to investment and development opportunities in the region.

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