In a recent development, Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune chaired a meeting of the High Security Council of Algeria to discuss the general situation in the country and the security dynamics involving neighboring nations and the Sahel region, according to a press release reported by local media.
While the press release did not explicitly name the source of concern, it did express regret over "hostile actions against Algeria, emanating from a brother Arab country" in the region.
This ambiguity has raised questions about which country is being referred to, but recent events and allegations point to a deteriorating relationship with neighboring Morocco.
In the lead-up to the aforementioned meeting, various reports emerged in Algeria accusing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of destabilizing Algeria's relations with Sahel countries, particularly Mali and Niger.
These reports have suggested that the UAE provided financial support to Morocco to fund disinformation campaigns, with the aim of creating tension between Algeria and the Sahel nations.
Official sources cited by Radio Algerie alleged that Abu Dhabi had granted "15 million euros to Morocco to finance fake news campaigns and create a climate of tension between Algeria and the Sahel countries."
Furthermore, Algerian diplomatic sources have made public statements highlighting "actions carried out by the United Arab Emirates against the interests of Algeria in certain regions."
The tension between Algeria and Morocco is not a recent development. A long-standing point of contention is the conflict over the Western Sahara, where Algeria has supported the Polisario Front in its quest for independence. Morocco, on the other hand, claims sovereignty over the region.
Mysterious hostile actions and geopolitical rivalries fuel bilateral discord
Another factor contributing to the strained relationship is the refusal of Algeria to accept the establishment of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel, particularly in light of the Abraham Accords.
This move by Morocco has been viewed as a departure from a unified Arab stance on the Israel-Palestine issue.
Moreover, Algeria has been forging closer ties with countries like Iran and Russia, adding to the geopolitical complexities of the region and potentially exacerbating the tensions with Morocco.
The relationship between Algeria and Morocco remains mired in complex historical, geopolitical, and regional disputes.
The recent allegations of hostile actions and tensions with the UAE only serve to further complicate an already fragile situation.
As both countries navigate their foreign policy choices and regional interests, the potential for a resolution to their discord remains uncertain, with broader implications for North African and Sahel stability.