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Algerian Foreign Minister condemns Moroccan comments

Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum said that his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, had made "showcasing actions that often amounted to provocation and insult."

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita had strongly attacked Algeria, against the backdrop of its stance towards African countries' opening of consulates in Laayoune city, which the Polisario Front considers the capital of Western Sahara.

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Boukadoum added in a joint press conference with the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, on Saturday in the Algerian capital that Algeria "does not build its relations with insults."

Boukadoum pointed out that Algeria is keen not to fuel differences in its relationship with Morocco, admitting that it was not hoping that provocative statements be issued from the Moroccan foreign minister.

Boukadoum commented on the position of some African countries that have opened consulates in Laayoune city, which Algeria considers a region occupied by Morocco, by saying that "Algeria was hoping that (these countries) would open embassies in Rabat.

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