Morocco calls for reconciliation
Rabat - Morocco's King Mohammed VI called on Monday for improved relations with Algeria in a message to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
The king reiterated his desire to work "for the reconciliation and solidarity between the two countries", notably on a basis of complementarity and integration, in the message sent on Algeria's Independence Day.
The message comes after Morocco sent a high-level delegation to Algeria on Saturday to extend condolences to Bouteflika after the death of his brother.
Relations between Morocco and Algeria have been strained, particularly due to the long-running dispute over the Western Sahara.
Morocco's 1975 annexation of the territory, a former Spanish colony, sparked a war between its forces and Algerian-backed Polisario guerrillas.
The two sides agreed to a ceasefire in 1991 but UN-sponsored talks on Western Sahara's future have since made no headway.