Algeria cuts ties with Morocco over ‘hostile acts’

Algeria has severed all ties with Morocco, accusing its North African neighbour of “hostile acts”.

The move comes a week after Algeria accused Morocco of complicity in starting recent forest fires that ravaged coastal regions.

“We have decided to sever diplomatic relations with Morocco staring from today,” Algeria’s Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said at a press conference.

“The Moroccan kingdom has never stopped its hostile actions against Algeria.”

The border between Algeria and Morocco has been closed since 1994.


Featured caption: Morocco has been accused of backing a separatist movement that officials believe started fires in Algeria [Photo BBC]