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Green March : King Mohammed VI reaches out to Algeria

In his Green March speech, delivered on Tuesday, King Mohammed VI called on Algeria to join the creation of «a political mechanism for dialogue and consultation». The Sovereign stressed that Morocco is open to all initiatives «Algeria may want to offer in this regard».

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King Mohammed VI, Prince Moulay Rachid and Crown Prince Moulay Hassan

Commemorating the 43rd anniversary of the Green March, King Mohammed VI delivered a speech, Tuesday, in which he reached out to Algeria. The Sovereign invited the Algerian state to turn the page and put an end to the tense relationship that tied the two neighboring countries for four decades.

«I should like to say today, in a very straightforward and responsible way, that Morocco stands ready for a direct and frank dialogue with our sister nation, Algeria, in order to settle the transient and objective differences impeding the development of relations between the two countries».

King Mohammed VI

In this regard, the Monarch urged Algeria to join the creation of a «political mechanism for dialogue and consultation», indicating that «this mechanism’s format, nature and level of representation can be mutually agreed upon».

And to confirm the Kingdom's willingness, he stressed that «Morocco is willing to consider the proposals or initiatives Algeria may want to offer in this regard so as to break the stalemate in the relations between the two neighbors and sister nations».

This model suggested by the King is expected «to analyze all the issues on hand in good faith and in a very frank, objective and honest way, using an open-ended agenda, without conditions or exceptions».

Common issues : Migration and Terrorism

In his speech, the King reiterated «in this regard, [his] commitment to work hand in hand with my brothers in Algeria, making sure their national institutions are fully respected».

He also insisted that this new «mechanism» can serve as a «practical platform for cooperation regarding all bilateral matters, particularly with respect to making the most of the numerous development opportunities existing in the Maghreb region».

The King is convinced that this mechanism is able to contribute to «enhancing bilateral coordination and consultation and help us rise to regional and international challenges, particularly in terms of fighting terrorism and addressing the issue of migration».

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