King Mohamed VI's outstretched hand, what are the stakes?

In this context, he proposed to turn the page of tensions and misunderstandings while accompanying them with a joint political mechanism of dialogue and consultation, in order to improve relations between Rabat and Algiers. In other words, a concrete instrument to forge the peace of mind and trace the contours of a great reconciliation against a backdrop of common destinies and common challenges to be met both economically and securely.
This mechanism will be responsible for contributing to "strengthening bilateral dialogue and coordination to enable effective responses to regional and international challenges, particularly those related to counter-terrorism and migration issues".
And to continue: "By virtue of its mandate, this mechanism will have to undertake to examine all the bilateral questions, with frankness, objectivity, sincerity and good faith, without conditions or exceptions, according to an open agenda". Mohamed VI also said that his country is "open to any proposals and initiatives emanating from Algeria to defuse the blockage in which are the relations between the two neighboring countries". Thus, the King of Morocco is embarking on a new stage in the bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries, with the aim of achieving an opening of the borders and the normalization of bilateral relations which have experienced several incidents during the current year related to several problems, including that of the Western Sahara conflict. This royal offer, also considered as the fruit of an acute awareness of the need to leave the crippling status quo which characterizes the relations between the two countries intervenes in an international context where Morocco is in a rather sensitive diplomatic situation, especially with regard to the Western Sahara affair in which Algeria has always posted its positions in accordance with international law.
Firm positions that she is not ready to give up regardless of regional issues. That said, in this issue of Western Sahara, Algeria is not the only country to support the self-determination of the Saharawi people, as indicated in the statement of the Quai d'Orsay who welcomed the initiative of King Mohamed VI through his spokesperson Agnès von der Mühll who shifted that "France has always called for the strengthening of links between Morocco and Algeria, which are major partners to which we unite links of a exceptional density ". In the same communiqué, France reiterated its support for the mediation efforts of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General and welcomed the prospect of a preliminary round of talks in Geneva in December.
The same is true of the European Union, which, in a statement by one of its spokespersons, claimed to have "followed with interest" the king's speech and the sovereign's initiative to create a joint political mechanism for dialogue. and of concertation, in order to overcome the cyclical differences hindering the development of relations between Morocco and Algeria. "Any constructive initiative that can contribute to good cooperation in the Maghreb region is welcome," the spokeswoman said. Finally, for his part, the spokesman of the UN said, in response to a question from a journalist about the proposal of Mohamed VI to Algeria, to create a joint political mechanism for dialogue and consultation, contained in the Royal speech, that "the Secretary General has always been in favor of a reinforced dialogue between Morocco and Algeria".

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