Morocco calls for reconciliation

2010-07-05 15:27

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.