The statement was made to Algerian journalist Khadidja Benguenna in an interview with the Al-Jazeera television channel, which will be broadcast in the next few hours.
When asked about Algerian-Moroccan relations, which have been fraught with tension since the arrival of the Tebboune-Chengriha duo at Algeria’s helm, Khadidja Benguenna took the initiative of calling a halt to the Algerian-Moroccan relations. The duo took the initiative of closing Algerian airspace to Moroccan aircraft, banning Algerian flights to Morocco and severing diplomatic relations between the two countries.
To date, no explanation has been given for these measures, which have been very poorly received by the populations of both countries, particularly cross-border commuters who have already suffered from the closure of land borders since 1994.
Refusing all mediation, Algiers offers no glimmer of hope for a return to normality between two countries that are united by everything but each other’s stupidity. The Moroccan sovereign’s conciliatory messages and repeated offers of a helping hand have gone unanswered. Even the opportunity to hold the Arab Summit in Algiers in November 2022 was deliberately missed by the Algerian authorities.
Suddenly, an interview with Al-Jazeera revealed a metamorphosis in Algeria’s position, through the voice of its Foreign Minister. “We are aware, as are the other States, of the importance of building the Arab Maghreb and of fraternity,” he says. He added: “The dream remains. It can never be destroyed”. And the head of diplomacy goes even further: “I look forward to the day when we will once again attempt to relaunch this edification.
And as the icing on the cake, Ahmed Attaf says: “Algeria can be considered as being more inclined to seek a rapid solution” with Morocco, of course.
What is behind this change so hoped for by millions of Algerians and Moroccans? The informed observer could not ignore the American role and the tours of American officials in the region. Notably the recent visit of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joshua Harris to Algiers on December 9.
The diplomat had announced shortly before his arrival in the Algerian capital that he was visiting Algeria and Morocco to settle the long-standing conflict between the two countries. De facto, he has established himself as a mediator between the two fraternal enemies. This augurs well for the future.