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Official: Mauritania-Algeria relations not directed against Morocco

Agreements signed between Mauritania and Algeria are not directed against Morocco or any other country, a senior official said.

"Mauritania is keen to develop its relations with Morocco and rejects the abuse of these relations in any way," the head of Mauritania's El-Islah party, Mohamed Talibna, said in remarks to Quds Press.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 18th session of the High Joint Algerian-Mauritanian Committee, he added that the group completed its work on Tuesday and will do the same with Tunisia, Morocco and Libya.

He explained that the opening of a border crossing between Algeria and Mauritania represents an economic achievement for the two neighbours, and will serve as a bridge between the Maghreb and the Arab countries on the one hand and the African market on the other hand.

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal announced on Tuesday that his government is going to open a border crossing with Mauritania in order to facilitate the movement of people and encourage trade.

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