The crisis that shakes the two countries following the Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs accusing the neighbor of Morocco of money laundering and hashish trafficking,
could undermine Etawassoul El Magharibi (Link Maghreb), an initiative since 2012 by nationals of two countries to consolidate links between Maghreb countries.
A Abdelkader Messahel visibly impertinent and insolent. The Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs did not need the euphemisms to denounce at a forum of entrepreneurs, October 21 in Algiers, the nature and origin of Moroccan investments on the continent.
“Moroccan banks are money laundering hashish, that everyone knows. It is African heads of state who tell me, “said the head of Algerian diplomacy.
Which has also indicated that the Royal Air Maroc airline “carries other than passengers, it would only carry Hashish.” “And that everyone knows,” added the minister.
We are, in principle, one people, but the French colonizer did everything to divide us, starting with the establishment of borders …
The Kingdom on its side did not take long to react. Rabat immediately recalled his ambassador to Algiers and summoned officials from the Algerian Embassy in Morocco.
However, since 2012, Tunisians, Moroccans and Algerians have been working to “better defend the links between the peoples of the Maghreb”, through the association Etawassoul El Magharibi (Maghreb Link).
“We are, in principle, one people, but the French colonizer did everything to divide us, starting with the establishment of borders ….”, Declared in 2012 Rabah Karoumi, an Algerian-Moroccan, president of Etawassoul El Magharibi.
Borders that did not prevent Moroccans from settling in Algeria. Most of the estimated 80,000 Moroccans living in Algeria have arrived there since the middle of the last century. In the FLN , they fought alongside their “brothers” the French settler Today they are a melting pot of labor and job providers in the Oran region in the agricultural sector.
If this umpteenth Algerian-Moroccan crisis is sometimes perceived as a race for hegemony in sub-Saharan Africa and is likely to aggravate the almost century-old tensions between the two neighbors, the grassroots people could ignore it.