Morocco Ready to Help Algeria against Rebel Groups

Published May 10th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Morocco has promised to help Algeria fight armed militant rebel groups by stopping them fleeing over the border into their territory, Algerian Interior Minister Yazid Zerhouni said Wednesday. 

Moroccan Interior Minister Ahmed Midaoui made the commitment during an April 29 visit to Algiers, said Zerhouni. 

A meeting was still planned between Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Morocco's King Mohamed VI, but would take place only once all the contentious issues between the two countries had been settled, Zerhouni added. 

The two leaders met last month on the fringes of the European Union-Africa summit in Egypt. 

Relations between Morocco and Algeria improved with Bouteflika's election victory in April last year, but deteriorated sharply last August after Algeria accused Rabat of harboring armed Algerian Islamic extremists -(AFP) 

 

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