Morocco: Algerian minister to extend Arab Summit invitation to Rabat
Amid severed relations, Morocco says Algeria's Justice Minister will visit the country to deliver an invitation to Rabat to attend the Arab Summit.
The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed Wednesday that the Algerian Minister of Justice, Abderrachid Tabi, will visit the country to deliver an invitation to attend the next Arab summit scheduled to be held in early November in Algeria's capital, Algiers.
According to the Moroccan Ministry, "the Algerian Minister of Justice will be sent to Morocco, after Saudi Arabia and Jordan."
On July 30, the Moroccan King, Mohammed VI, called for the establishment of normal relations with Algeria, stressing that "the borders that separate the Moroccan and Algerian brothers will never be barriers preventing their interaction and understanding."
During a speech, the King said that he aspires to establish with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune normal relations between the "two brotherly peoples."
He also urged Moroccans to "preserve the spirit of fraternity, solidarity and good neighbourliness towards our Algerian brothers."
A few days ago, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra confirmed that his country is ready to hold the Arab summit scheduled for November 1.
Severed diplomatic relations
In August 2021, Algeria severed its diplomatic relations with Morocco and later closed its airspace to Moroccan military and civil aviation, accusing Rabat of "hostile acts", a decision that Rabat considered was "completely unjustified".
The border between Algeria and Morocco has been closed since 1994.
Following Israeli Security Minister Benny Gantz's visit to Morocco, Senate President Salah Goudjil, a top Algerian official, said that the visit "targets Algeria" after a week of back-and-forths over the western Sahara territorial dispute.
A day earlier, Abdul Samad Fathi, the deputy coordinator of the Moroccan National Front to Support Palestine and Oppose Normalization, considered that the Israeli occupation regards Morocco as the gateway to its greedy ambitions in the Maghreb region and the rest of Africa, and it wants it to wage war on its behalf in the area.