By Abdul Kimera
On Tuesday 24th August at a press conference, the Algerian foreign minister Romtane Lamamra announced his country’s decision to cut diplomatic relations with their long-time rival and neighboring country Morocco.
This comes after a previous summon of the Moroccan ambassador over his remarks at the U.N over backing the MAK separatist movement in Algeria that is believed to have even started the wild fires last month that led to loss of many lives and destruction of property.
Since then, the two countries relations continued to worsen.
Algeria also accuses Morocco of using Israel technology “Pegasus” to spy on its journalists and high ranking Algerian political and military officials.
These allegations have been denied by authorities in Rabat.
The recent re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel by Morocco was also seen as an act of betrayal of other Islamic states. This too triggered the cutting of these ties.
In response, the Moroccan foreign Affairs ministry led by Nasser Bourita said “Morocco rejects this unjustified decision. The pretext is fallacious and absurd.”
Though the foreign ministry quickly responded to the issue of cutting diplomatic ties, Rabat has not provided any response to Algiers questions on the spyware and the continued support of the MAK separatist movement.