Morocco confirms ‘non-intervention’ in Algeria’s internal affairs

Nasser Bourita 
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Morocco Nasser Bourita

The Moroccan authorities confirmed on Saturday their “non-intervention” in Algeria’s internal affairs against the backdrop of demonstrations the country has been witnessing since 22 February.

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said that “The Kingdom has decided to take a position, not to intervene in the recent developments in Algeria, and not to make any comments on the matter.”

Bourita added: “Morocco has neither right to intervene in the internal developments that Algeria is witnessing nor to comment on them in any way.”

The Moroccan government has not issued any comment on the developments in Algeria since the beginning of the demonstrations against the candidacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fifth term.

The government’s official spokesperson, Mustapha El Khalfi, declined a question on the matter during his weekly interview with the press.

Algerian and French media reports have mentioned that Rabat has issued positions on what is going on in Algeria and that it has been coordinating with Paris on developments in this country.

Bourita expressed his surprise about the published news that is being attributed to the diplomacy of Morocco, pointing out that his country “rejects the allegation of coordinating with other countries, especially France, about what is happening in Algeria” and that his country has not made any contact with Paris or any other country on this matter.