Due to months of resurgent tensions between the North African rivals leading to “hostile actions”, Algeria earlier cut ties with Morocco.
Following Algeria’s declaration, a statement from OIC “called for dialogue to resolve any possible differences” including comments from Saudi Arabia and Arab League backing the dialogue to “achieve security and stability”, the foreign ministry in Saudi Arabia stated, and for “both countries to exercise restraint and to avoid further escalation,” Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit encouraged.
The countries have been fighting to claim the Western Sahara lying between them. For Morocco, the former Spanish colony remains its territory.
And last year, US ex-president Donald Trump threw more wood for the fire, recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara, in exchange for Morocco normalizing ties with Israel.
By Elijah Christopher