Algeria on Tuesday decided to sever relations with its neighbor Morocco, accusing Rabat of having "hostile tendencies" towards it.
Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra told a press conference that Algeria’s decision to cut ties with Morocco will be effective as of Tuesday, adding that the decision came under the guidance of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
"When ties are severed, this is followed by a review of all relations, and checking what is to be canceled and what is to be kept," he said.
Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra announced that Algeria cut diplomatic ties with Morocco during a press conference on Tuesday.— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) August 24, 2021
It follows heightened tensions over the fate of the Western Sahara and Morocco's normalisation of relations with Israel https://t.co/v3VoaMbEmT
Lamamra added that severing diplomatic relations will not harm the citizens of the two countries, as consulates will continue to function normally.
There was no comment from the Moroccan authorities on the move.
Me and @Praecursator007 were way ahead of the curve on this dangerous situation and it is a horrible tragedy. But everyone needs to prepare for the fallout.— Irate Finnic Orthobro ☦️🇺🇲🇫🇮💙🇪🇪 (@FinnicOrthobro) August 24, 2021
Algeria Morocco Tensions Escalate Further As Algiers Severs Diplomatic Relations With Rabat https://t.co/Mtte6AWhkW pic.twitter.com/bYfhM9oUEe
On Aug. 18, the Algerian presidency said in a statement that "continued hostile acts" by Morocco require a review of relations between the two countries and intensification of security monitoring along the western borders.
Algeria severs diplomatic ties with 'hostile' Morocco https://t.co/YKeWCDApHp— Razia Khan (@raziakkhan) August 24, 2021
‘Relations between Algiers and Rabat have been fraught in past decades, especially over the flashpoint issue of the disputed Western Sahara.’
Relations between the two countries have strained for decades against the backdrop of the disputed Sahara region between Rabat and the Algeria-backed Polisario Front.
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