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Algeria severs diplomatic ties with Morocco

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra on 20 March 2019 in Berlin. [ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images]
Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra on 20 March 2019 in Berlin. [ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images]

Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ramtane Lamamra, yesterday announced that his country has decided to cut ties with Morocco over what he called Rabat's "hostile tendencies" towards Algeria.

Lamamra told a press conference that Algeria's decision to cut ties with Morocco will be effective as of Tuesday, adding that the decision came under the guidance of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

"When relations are severed, this is followed by a review of all relations, and checking what is to be cancelled and what is to be maintained," he said, noting that the decision will not harm the citizens of the two countries, as consulates will continue to operate normally.

"The majority of African countries oppose the decision to accept Israel as an observer member of the continental union," he said in reference to the African Union (AU).

Last Wednesday, the Algerian presidency said in a statement that "continued hostile acts" by Morocco require a review of relations between the two countries and intensification of security monitoring along the western borders.

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