Lower House Speaker Stresses Importance of Fostering Dialogue between Rabat and Algiers
Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house), Habib El Malki, underlined on Friday the importance of fostering dialogue between Morocco and Algeria, noting that the construction of the Maghreb Union is an irreversible strategic choice.
This came during talks held in Rabat with Said Moukadem, Secretary-General of the Shura Council of the Arab Maghreb Union.
Such a dialogue is of paramount importance in the context of globalization, taking into account regional economic integration, El Malki pointed out.
He also emphasized the momentum created by the speech of HM King Mohammed VI on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the Green March, in which the Sovereign has called for a direct dialogue with Algeria in order to overcome the differences and obstacles that hinder Maghreb integration.
Morocco is concerned with Algeria’s stability, he said, adding that dialogue remains an essential condition to settle the various issues between the two neighboring countries.
He also called for intensive consultations and exchanges of visits between the representatives of the legislative institutions of the two countries to serve the common interests of the two peoples.
For his part, Moukadem deplored the heavy bill of the non-Maghreb, noting that the shortfall of the weak Maghreb economic integration is estimated at some 10 billion dollars and to more than 200,000 jobs.
After welcoming HM the King's call for a direct Moroccan-Algerian dialogue, Moukadem underlined the willingness of the Shura Council to support all initiatives aimed at bringing the countries of the region closer together.
MAP 08 December 2018