The rift between Morocco and Algeria has deepened as Algerian prime minister Ahmed Ouyahia (pictured) accused Morocco on Sunday of “drowning” Algerian youths in drugs.
Morocco has accused Algeria of supporting the Polisario Front, which Morocco has been in conflict with for decades. Algeria, meanwhile, has said that its main problem with Morocco is centred fighting drug trafficking from the country.
Speaking at the opening session for the National Rally for Democracy (RND), which he heads, Ouyahia said, “Drowning Algeria with hashish and cocaine is an attack against the Algerian people and an attempt to poison the Algerian youth as well as Algeria’s development.”
The Morocco-Polisario conflict started in the mid-1970s, when the Western Sahara sought independence. Algeria’s support to Polisario is a major cause of the rift between the two countries.
The issue of hashish deepened the Morocco-Algeria row.
Cannabis cultivation has been highly significant to Morocco’s economy for years, so any reduction in its farming will influence the economy and the people who depend on it in northern areas.
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