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Arab League: Moroccan Delegation Did Not Leave Meeting, Protests Algerian Provocations

Rabat - Morocco’s delegation taking part in the working meeting of foreign ministers in preparation of the Arab League Summit has been facing provocative actions from Algeria’s organizing committee.


Algerian journalist and analyst Oualid Kebir said, quoting Algerian sources attending the event.

“This has nothing to do with Algerians’ ethics and principles, because what the regime has done today is far from the principles of hospitality,” Kebir told Morocco World News.

The Algerian journalist also confirmed that Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita was not received by his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra upon his arrival, which goes against diplomatic protocols.

“The minister did not give Bourita an appropriate reception similar to what happened in September when Morocco received Algeria’s Minister of Justice Abderrachid Tebbi, who carried Algeria’s invitation for King Mohammed VI for the Arab League summit,” Kebir said.

Bourita received the Algerian minister in a reception in Rabat on the instructions of King Mohammed VI.

“What happened is shameful for Algeria,” the journalist added. Bourita led a delegation to Algiers on Saturday to take part in the foreign ministers meeting in preparation of the Arab League Summit.

Many sources claimed that the Moroccan delegation left the meeting following provocations they faced in Algiers.

An authorized source, however, denied the allegations promoted by Algerian media.

The source stressed that it is “not part of the rules and norms of Moroccan diplomatic work, according to the high instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, to leave the meeting hall, but rather to defend Morocco's legitimate rights and vital interests from within the corridors of meetings.”

Instead, the Moroccan delegation protested the provocative moves, including the decision of an Algerian media outlet to display a divided Moroccanmap on its website.

Algerian news outlet AL24 News published the map, contradicting the one adopted by the Arab League summit.
In response, the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States said that the institution’s official map does not show borders separating Arab countries.

The secretariat adopts a map of the Arab world without showing the borders in order to enhance the concept of Arab unity, the secretariat general emphasized, calling on all media outlets to exercise caution in attributing information published on their websites to the Arab League or its institutions.

Source: Morocco World News


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