In the Face of the Algerian Regime’s Hostility, Morocco Remains As Cool As A Cucumber – Journalist

Morocco remains as cool as a cucumber despite the Algerian regime’s persistent hostility towards the Kingdom, portraying it as an enemy on the lookout, says writer-journalist Talaâ Saoud Al Atlassi. The latest manifestation of this hostile attitude has taken the form of a clarifying statement published by the Algerian press on an Arab mediation for reconciliation between Morocco and Algeria, Al Atlassi writes in an op-ed published on Tuesday on Moroccan news outlet “Machahid 24” under the title “The Algerian Regime: an Innate Hostility Towards Morocco.” This story attributed to a “source” – which means, in cryptic language, the quartet of generals who run the Algerian regime- denies the rumor of such a mediation because “it is a fact that Algeria had publicly declined this offer of mediation with Morocco, as the rupture of relations was the last resort in the face of Morocco’s so-called maneuvers and conspiracies against Algeria since its independence in 1962.” As a result, Al Atlassi adds, “this military source has given itself away by publishing this clarifying statement, which invalidates all the justifications, rather absurd, presented by the Algerian regime to justify the rupture of diplomatic ties with Morocco.” This article confirms the fact that the Algerian regime persists in its hostility towards Morocco since Algeria’s independence, and not the contrary, the journalist says. Faced with this hostility, Al Atlassi notes that Morocco remains unshakable and serene. Even better, the kingdom, at the highest level of the state, continues to call for appeasement, and for brotherly and peaceful relations with Algeria, taking the international community as a witness. The author believes that “it is unlikely that the Kingdom of Morocco can be the initiator of any Arab or foreign mediation on the restoration of its relations with Algeria.” “Morocco is in its Sahara, relentlessly pursuing its march of progress and modernization, not caring about provocations and gestures of the Algerian regime, especially as the Kingdom has never sought to harm the Algerian neighbor neither had it broken its human, social, economic, geographic and political ties with the Algerian brothers,” he says. In his opinion, Morocco will never oppose any appeal to reason in the direction of the Algerian regime so that it ceases its maneuvers and devotes itself fully to serving the Algerian people. “The Kingdom has a strong resilience, strong of its ambitions and its belief that history begins and ends in Morocco in the Maghreb region and Africa,” Al Atlassi explains. The author recalls that the history of Algeria and Algeria-Moroccan relations are rich with episodes the Algerian regime seeks to conceal, including events involving the Oujda group within the leadership of the FLN (National Liberation Front) or the city of Oujda as a rear base for logistical support of the Algerian resistance. “The Algerian source that mentions alleged conspiratorial maneuvers of Morocco against Algeria since 1962 is obviously aware of the events raised but it pretends to ignore them, thus seeking to rewrite history in a retroactive manner to serve the agenda of the Algerian regime,” Al Atlassi goes on. Highlighting Morocco’s resounding diplomatic successes and the growing international support for the Moroccanness of the Sahara, the author believes that after that, it is not at all surprising that the regime is so enraged, persisting in accusing Morocco of being hostile towards Algeria since its independence in 1962.