Morocco announced on Wednesday that the Algerian Minister of Justice, Abderrachid Tebbi, will travel to Rabat to issue the invitation to the next Arab League summit, scheduled for Algiers in early November.
This is what emerges from a press release from the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs which did not however mention the date of the next expected visit of the Algerian envoy to the Kingdom. Tebbi’s trip to Rabat will be one of the few visits by an Algerian official to neighboring Morocco, given the recurring diplomatic friction between Algiers and Rabat.
In a press release, Moroccan diplomacy indicated that “As part of the preparation for the next Arab summit, scheduled for Algiers on November 1, 2022, the Algerian authorities have decided to dispatch several emissaries to Arab capitals, bearers of invitations to all the Heads of State of the member countries of the Arab League”.
The press release adds that the Algerian Minister of Justice will be dispatched to Morocco, after Saudi Arabia and Jordan, while the Minister of the Interior, Kamel Beldjoud, will give the same invitation to the summit to Tunisia and Mauritania. .
Until 3:20 p.m. GMT, the Algerian authorities made no statement about this visit.
Decades of tension have animated relations between the two Maghreb neighbors. At issue: the closure of the land border between the two countries since 1994, after Rabat imposed the issuance of visas to Algerian nationals, but the main subject of disagreement remains the question relating to the disputed region of the Sahara between Rabat and the Front Polisario supported by Algiers.
Rabat, which controls nearly 80% of this territory, insists on its right to the Sahara region and proposes an autonomy plan under its sovereignty, while the Polisario Front calls for a self-determination referendum under the aegis of the UN, proposal supported by Algeria, which hosts refugees from the disputed region.
The Arab League announced on Tuesday that it had agreed to hold its next summit in Algiers on November 1-2.
*Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail
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