“I believe that the security and stability of Algeria and the tranquility of its people are inseparable from the security and stability of Morocco, and vice versa: what affects Morocco will also affect Algeria, for the two countries are like one and the same body. This is because Morocco and Algeria are both suffering from the problems of migration, smuggling, drugs and human trafficking”, said King Mohammed VI of Morocco in a speech on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the Sovereign’s accession to the throne of the Kingdom.
Also, the King who deplored the continuous closure of borders between the two countries regretted that “the closing of borders is incompatible with a natural right and an intrinsic legal principle, both of which are enshrined in international covenants, including the Marrakech Treaty, which is the founding text of the Arab Maghreb Union.” “That Treaty stipulates the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital between the States of the Union,” he recalled in this speech where he talked at length of Moroccan-Algerian relations.
King Mohammed VI pointed out further that the very gangs which engage in such activities that are the real, common enemy to both Morocco and Algeria.
The Sovereign underlined that if the two countries pool efforts and work together to combat these gangs, they would surely manage to reduce their activities and dry up their sources.