AA / New York
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday urged Morocco and Algeria to engage in “positive dialogue” to resolve their outstanding issues.
This is what emerges from a press conference held by the spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, at the permanent headquarters of the United Nations in New York, in response to a question on Guterres’ position vis-à-vis the announcement made by Algeria on Wednesday to close its airspace to Moroccan planes.
“The Secretary General firmly believes that it is important for the two countries (Morocco and Algeria) to engage in a positive dialogue to resolve their outstanding issues, given the importance of the two countries in the region” , said Dujarric.
And the UN spokesperson added, “We want the two countries to have the best possible bilateral relations.”
Algeria had decided on Wednesday September 22, at the end of the meeting of the High Security Council (HCS), chaired by the Head of State, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, to “immediately close airspace to all civil and military aircraft as well as those registered in Morocco ”, according to an official statement from the Presidency of the Algerian Republic.
This decision was taken against the background of “the continuation of provocations and hostile practices on the part of Morocco”, adds the Presidency in its press release, without specifying the nature of these provocations, while Morocco has not reacted to this. decision.
On August 24, Algeria severed diplomatic relations with Morocco in view of “the incessant hostile acts perpetrated by Rabat against it”, while the Moroccan authorities rejected “the fallacious, even absurd, pretexts which underlie the Algiers decision ”.
* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail
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