Relations between Algeria and Morocco are becoming increasingly awkward, particularly due to the issue of the Western Sahara, a territory claimed by the Cherifian kingdom and the Polisario Front since 1976. After the government, the Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has now targeted Moroccan companies with agreements with public and private groups in Algeria.
According to the Algerian press, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has ordered the « immediate termination » of contracts with Moroccan companies having agreements with public and private groups in Algeria. This decision of President Tebboune concerns in particular the Algerian Insurance and Reinsurance Company and the National Insurance Company. The telephone and internet company, Djezzy, 51% owned by the Algerian state, is also ordered to end its contracts with « companies close to lobbies that are enemies of Algeria ».
President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has instructed the Minister of Finance to stop the transfer of dividends linked to these contracts. In a ‘Hitlerian’ tone, the Algerian head of state warned that any non-compliance with his orders would be dealt with ‘in accordance with the legislation in force’.
Algeria is ready to do anything to bend its eastern neighbour and the main objective is none other than the Western Sahara, a territory claimed by the Cherifian kingdom and the Polisario Front since 1976.
In addition, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune required Algerian companies to show « responsibility and circumspection in their relations with foreign partners, ensuring in all circumstances, the preservation of the higher interests of the state.
However, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune considered that these contracts ‘undertaken without consultation, result in the provision of sensitive data and information to foreign entities that can affect the vital interests of our country and its security’.
It should be recalled that the border between Algeria and Morocco has been closed to all crossings since 1994. Morocco claims the disputed territory of Western Sahara, also bordering Algeria. According to this claim, the border between Algeria and the Sahara (39 to 41 km) would be included in the Algerian-Moroccan border, which would then extend from 1 778 to 1 941 kilometres.