Why is there so much mistrust between Algeria and Morocco?

Why is there so much mistrust between Algeria and Morocco?

[Music] all right joining me now for more on this from washington dc is william lawrence he’s a professor of political science at the american university thanks so much uh for joining us these spying allegations and claims of other hostile acts why is there so much much mistrust between these two well as you said that peace said so wonderfully uh they’ve been fighting since the independence of the two countries with land claims across on ill-defined borders going both ways there was a war in 1963. they had frozen diplomatic relations like now from 76 to 88. the borders have been closed since 94. uh and this is mostly revolved as you said around the western sahara conflict and the moroccans the desire to annex it and have the international community recognize that and the algerians desire to have an independence movement which it seizes very close to its own independence moved from the france and has the colonial movement succeed and get international recognition as well what’s prompted the latest desktop was that the ceasefire ended last november between the two sides and a low-grade war began and then in december morocco was very emboldened by the trump’s administration administration’s inclusion of morocco and the abraham accord which led among other things to the israeli prime minister coming this month and claiming that algeria was colluding with iran and hamas against morocco and creating regional instability and one of the things said in this speech was never has an israeli minister come and criticize you know one arab country on the land of another arab country and and some of the accusations are getting quite crazy algerians accusing morocco of lighting wildfires and this other accusation about iran and hamas these are sort of getting into the land of fake news but there are real problems between the countries a low-grade war that’s starting up again so uh hopefully cooler heads will prevail i mean do you think that this risks complicating diplomacy in the wider region absolutely uh morocco in this emboldened position i talked about has had recent diplomatic feuds with spain with germany with the eu over not fully recognizing its crank claims in the way it wants uh and the the fate of the sahel rests in large degree on what morocco and algeria do in supporting the sahel countries in dealing with their terrorism issues and their instability issues when morocco and algeria are cooperating on intelligence on security with the g5 and other things the house stabilizes when they don’t uh all the problems get worse including the migration problem and right now we’re seeing an increase of migration across the med due to what’s going on in tunisia and in libya et cetera et cetera and a lot of the migrants come up through algeria and cross into morocco and try to make it across so all of that uh destabilizing for europe and turkey of course knows that issue well on the other side uh and so um justice turkey’s trying to stabilize things in afghanistan uh for that problem uh morocco and algeria need to work things out for the migration issue as well sure okay william lawrence a professor of political science at american university thank you [Music] you
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Why is there so much mistrust between Algeria and Morocco?

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