Algeria withdraws its envoy from Morocco in the Western Sahara dispute

Algeria’s foreign ministry said the move was linked to comments by the Moroccan envoy to the United Nations in Algeria’s Kabyle region.

The Algerian foreign ministry called on its ambassador to Morocco and indicated possible new measures during the latest outbreak of tensions between North African neighbors in the disputed region of Western Sahara.

The move was linked to comments by Omar Hilal, Morocco’s envoy to the United Nations, about Algeria’s Kabyle region, the ministry said, adding that the envoy led the region in the decades-long conflict over the Sahara. Western, claimed by both Morocco and Algeria. – Supported the Polisario Front.

Hilal called for the “right of self-determination of the people living in Kabylia” in reference to the Tamazite minority in Algeria during a meeting of the Non-aligned Movement.

He suggested that Algeria should not deny it while supporting Western Sahara’s self-determination.

The Polisario Front has been fighting for the independence of Western Sahara, a Spanish colony now largely occupied and administered by Morocco, until the mid-1970s.

The land borders between Algeria and Morocco have been closed for security reasons since the early 1990s, increasing friction between Algiers and Rabat, whose ties have deepened due to the conflict.

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