World Bulletin/News Desk
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has offered to mediate a dispute between Algeria and Morocco, an Algerian diplomat said Monday.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan "proposed, during a phone call with Algerian officials on Thursday, to mediate a resolution to the Algerian-Moroccan row… which was triggered last week when a Moroccan national came under cross-border fire," the diplomat, requesting anonymity, told Anadolu Agency.
"The initiative aims to ease tension between the two countries," the diplomat said.
Relations between Algeria and Morocco have been strained in recent days after a Moroccan national came under fire on the border between the two North African neighbors.
While Rabat blamed Algerian soldiers for the gunfire, Algerian authorities denied responsibility for the incident.
Tension has long marred relations between Algeria and Morocco owing to a dispute over the Western Sahara region in the 1990s.
Last Mod: 03 Kasım 2014, 16:50