Relations between Morocco and Tunisia have deteriorated since President Gais Said welcomed Polisario leader Brahim Khali to the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Tunis. Tunisia’s former president, Moncef Marzouki, accused Algeria, a defender of the independence movement, of being behind the organization.
Mancef Marzouki blames Algeria for the breakdown of Moroccan-Tunisian relations. An Algerian journalist and exiled dissident, Ghani Mahdi, in an interview with Europe-based Channel 22 Algerie, denounced the fact that the current Tunisian president allows himself to be “led at a distance” by “Algerian prose creation”. A sixth state in the Maghreb breaks the neutral line held by Tunisia over decades of conflict between Morocco and Algeria. “Never during Habib Bourguiba’s regime or Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali’s regime or during my presidency, Moroccan-Tunisian relations had the slightest problem…” the former Tunisian president recalled.
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He also spoke about the recent announcements of the Algerian President, who in an interview with the Al Jazeera channel, declared: “Things became more complicated after Tunisia welcomed Brahim Ghali, the leader of the ‘SADR’. Since then, Tunisia has been targeted by a conspiracy. Algeria stands by him. We will never abandon Tunisia, some No offense to the parties”. This, according to Marzouki, is “absolutely false rhetoric, which will only lead to the explosion of the Arab Maghreb Union”. He pointed out that “the Algerian dictatorship is betting on another dictator to keep Tunisia in its arms. »
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The former Tunisian president also reaffirmed Morocco’s autonomy plan in the Sahara.