After Moroccan King Mohammed VI called on Algeria to normalize relations and open borders yesterday, the Justice and Development Party (PJD) made a statement in this framework.
In the written statement made by the PJD, it was stated that the voice of reason should be listened to and the borders between the two countries should be opened.
In the statement, it was emphasized that all official and civil circles in the two countries should make a joint effort to receive the messages given by King Mohammed VI in his speech, on the 22nd anniversary of his accession to the throne.
The party noted that the two countries needed to draw a sponge on the past and look to the future with the spirit of cooperation and common destiny more than ever.
In his speech to the public on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of his accession to the throne, Moroccan King Mohammed VI called on Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune to reopen the borders and normalize relations between the two countries.
The Western Sahara problem has been the main point of tension in relations between Morocco and Algeria.
Morocco accuses Algeria of supporting the Polisario Front in the Western Sahara region, while Algeria opposes Morocco’s policies in the region.
Claiming that Algerians were behind a terrorist attack in the city of Marrakech, the Rabat administration began to request visas from Algerian citizens in August 1994. In response to this step by Morocco, Algeria closed the border gates between the two countries in September 1994.
Algeria did not respond positively to Morocco’s calls to open the border crossing. In a statement made by the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2013, some conditions were put forward to open the border crossing.
These conditions were listed as “ending the official and unofficial smear campaign against Algeria in Morocco, cooperating effectively to prevent drug trafficking, respecting Algeria’s position on Western Sahara, and finding a solution in accordance with international law.”