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Morocco and Algeria… they have more in common than what separates them

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Morocco and Algeria… they have more in common than what separates them

Oujda – Abdelmajid Amayyi:
“What unites us is more than what divides us,” with these enchanting collective phrases, the dreamers of the Maghreb integration project and Maghreb unity confront the pervasive language of “tension” between Morocco and Algeria.
The higher the level of tension in the relations between the two countries, the more common in popular circles, and even among some intellectuals and journalists, the language of the “common” between the two peoples who share other things besides the border.
Even when many observers believe that the nightmare of a military confrontation is imminent, as it was recently, in the wake of Algeria’s accusation of Morocco at the beginning of November of the assassination of 3 of its citizens who were on board commercial trucks transporting goods to Mauritania, the calls for calm continued and evoked everything that brings together The two countries of history, customs and blood ties.
Despite the obstruction of Algerian-Moroccan relations against the background of the two closed land borders files since 1994, and the issue of the disputed Sahara region between Rabat and the “Polisario” Front, backed by Algeria, the two peoples are showing positive messages, which appear through a number of fields such as sports, art and communication platforms. social.
And Algeria decided last month to close its airspace to all Moroccan civil and military aircraft, in response to “hostile practices on the Moroccan side,” according to a statement by the Algerian presidency.
On the other hand, Morocco announced its categorical rejection of the “false and absurd” justifications on which Algeria based its decision to cut diplomatic relations with the Kingdom.

multi-joint
To the extent that politics distanced the two countries, traditions, relations of support, and a common economic destiny brought the two brotherly peoples closer.
Civil activist Driss Hadef, son of the Algerian poet Said Hadef, did not find the slightest difficulties in integrating into the city of Oujda in eastern Morocco.
Hadef says that when he entered Oujda when he was young, he did not feel that he had entered a foreign field and society, and his integration went very smoothly.
As a young child, Hadef did not find it difficult to express what he was feeling, because the parents speak one language, and they celebrate Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha with the same traditions and customs. Almost all dishes are prepared in the same way.
This similarity to the point of congruence is strongly present in the Moroccan East and the Algerian West, given the common borders, which have long been embodied by the establishment of mixed kinship and blood relations between the two banks.
Accordingly, it was not surprising at all in the border areas to exchange dishes between the two banks of the border, and this situation continued until the past few years, and did not stop until after approving the establishment of new engineering equipment on the border line between the two countries.
Emphasizing the strength of the common bonds between the two peoples, Hadef recalls a number of international meetings that brought him together with different nationalities, and how the flow of communication flows smoothly between him and Moroccans and Algerians, unlike other nationalities, and likens this attraction to the effect of a magnet!
The matter is not much different at the level of daily concerns, especially among young people, at the levels of work, immigration and small businesses, with minor differences that may be dictated by some laws and regulations.

Al-Rai.. the artistic joint
The technical commonality between the two countries has often been raised in terms of conflict, especially at the level of media consumption, as is the common food, such as couscous, about which the controversy is constantly renewed!
In December 2020, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolved the controversy between the Maghreb countries over the identity of the “couscous” dish, and said that it is a Maghreb dish (belonging to the Maghreb countries), classifying it on the list of intangible cultural heritage. of the United Nations.
But this was not given serious attention by the two peoples, given that raising the matter with the logic of the one who is credited with it, was intended to strengthen some political positions.
Rai music remains the most prominent artistic expression shared between the two brotherly neighbors, and it is originally music that draws from the Bedouin cultural heritage of the border tribes between the two neighbors.
At the annual festival in the city of Oujda, which has been interrupted during the past two years due to the Corona pandemic, many common images are drawn, whether among the audience, which includes Algerians, or the artists, who are mostly Algerians.

economics and integration
Six years ago, the two countries engaged in new procedures at the land border level, as Algeria began constructing trenches along the border strip, while Morocco built an iron fence.
Prior to these measures, there was a very prosperous joint border trade, between the residents of the border areas, and the depth of the impact of this trade went beyond the border areas to the central metropolises of the two countries.
Muhammadi al-Bakai, professor of economics at Mohammed I University in Oujda, says that within the framework of the globalized economy, there are two trends that establish international relations, the first is unifying at the level of regions and regions, and the second is competitive, in which countries search for the most profitable areas.
And the Maghreb region, according to the Moroccan researcher, and by virtue of its strategic location and natural capabilities, the process of union and integration enables it to play major roles in the framework of exploiting the resources that are available in it.
This will also enable it to reach a suitable position and negotiating power with other blocs, especially the European Union, which is the most prominent partner for the two countries together.
In fact, in addition to what is imposed by common geography and diversity in natural capabilities, Al-Bakay believes that the common history with its cultural, social and political load, which has strengthened its presence in the relationship of the two peoples in the joint confrontation of French colonialism, is enough to move straight towards valuing the “common” to build an integrated economy.

common locomotive
What is common between the two countries necessitates a common destiny as well, which is what prompts the purpose of saying that Morocco and Algeria are the locomotive of the Maghreb region, in their relations with African countries or the rest of the world.
Moving forward, according to Hadaf, requires acceptance of difference and disagreement, given that the points of convergence are greater than what may divide the two countries and peoples, especially in the common history of confronting colonialism (itself), which stimulates the investment of common denominators between the two neighboring countries.
Hadef considers the common stakes of young people in Morocco and Algeria, on the social and economic level, as an important factor in providing a youth dynamism capable of deepening common bonds, especially with the exploitation of the digital space and the opportunities it provides for convergence of views and facilitating the process of communication.

(Anatolia)

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Oujda – Abdelmajid Amayyi:
“What unites us is more than what divides us,” with these enchanting collective phrases, the dreamers of the Maghreb integration project and Maghreb unity confront the pervasive language of “tension” between Morocco and Algeria.
The higher the level of tension in the relations between the two countries, the more common in popular circles, and even among some intellectuals and journalists, the language of the “common” between the two peoples who share other things besides the border.
Even when many observers believe that the nightmare of a military confrontation is imminent, as it was recently, in the wake of Algeria’s accusation of Morocco at the beginning of November of the assassination of 3 of its citizens who were on board commercial trucks transporting goods to Mauritania, the calls for calm continued and evoked everything that brings together The two countries of history, customs and blood ties.
Despite the obstruction of Algerian-Moroccan relations against the background of the two closed land borders files since 1994, and the issue of the disputed Sahara region between Rabat and the “Polisario” Front, backed by Algeria, the two peoples are showing positive messages, which appear through a number of fields such as sports, art and communication platforms. social.
And Algeria decided last month to close its airspace to all Moroccan civil and military aircraft, in response to “hostile practices on the Moroccan side,” according to a statement by the Algerian presidency.
On the other hand, Morocco announced its categorical rejection of the “false and absurd” justifications on which Algeria based its decision to cut diplomatic relations with the Kingdom.

multi-joint
To the extent that politics distanced the two countries, traditions, relations of support, and a common economic destiny brought the two brotherly peoples closer.
Civil activist Driss Hadef, son of the Algerian poet Said Hadef, did not find the slightest difficulties in integrating into the city of Oujda in eastern Morocco.
Hadef says that when he entered Oujda when he was young, he did not feel that he had entered a foreign field and society, and his integration went very smoothly.
As a young child, Hadef did not find it difficult to express what he was feeling, because the parents speak one language, and they celebrate Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha with the same traditions and customs. Almost all dishes are prepared in the same way.
This similarity to the point of congruence is strongly present in the Moroccan East and the Algerian West, given the common borders, which have long been embodied by the establishment of mixed kinship and blood relations between the two banks.
Accordingly, it was not surprising at all in the border areas to exchange dishes between the two banks of the border, and this situation continued until the past few years, and did not stop until after approving the establishment of new engineering equipment on the border line between the two countries.
Emphasizing the strength of the common bonds between the two peoples, Hadef recalls a number of international meetings that brought him together with different nationalities, and how the flow of communication flows smoothly between him and Moroccans and Algerians, unlike other nationalities, and likens this attraction to the effect of a magnet!
The matter is not much different at the level of daily concerns, especially among young people, at the levels of work, immigration and small businesses, with minor differences that may be dictated by some laws and regulations.

Al-Rai.. the artistic joint
The technical commonality between the two countries has often been raised in terms of conflict, especially at the level of media consumption, as is the common food, such as couscous, about which the controversy is constantly renewed!
In December 2020, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolved the controversy between the Maghreb countries over the identity of the “couscous” dish, and said that it is a Maghreb dish (belonging to the Maghreb countries), classifying it on the list of intangible cultural heritage. of the United Nations.
But this was not given serious attention by the two peoples, given that raising the matter with the logic of the one who is credited with it, was intended to strengthen some political positions.
Rai music remains the most prominent artistic expression shared between the two brotherly neighbors, and it is originally music that draws from the Bedouin cultural heritage of the border tribes between the two neighbors.
At the annual festival in the city of Oujda, which has been interrupted during the past two years due to the Corona pandemic, many common images are drawn, whether among the audience, which includes Algerians, or the artists, who are mostly Algerians.

economics and integration
Six years ago, the two countries engaged in new procedures at the land border level, as Algeria began constructing trenches along the border strip, while Morocco built an iron fence.
Prior to these measures, there was a very prosperous joint border trade, between the residents of the border areas, and the depth of the impact of this trade went beyond the border areas to the central metropolises of the two countries.
Muhammadi al-Bakai, professor of economics at Mohammed I University in Oujda, says that within the framework of the globalized economy, there are two trends that establish international relations, the first is unifying at the level of regions and regions, and the second is competitive, in which countries search for the most profitable areas.
And the Maghreb region, according to the Moroccan researcher, and by virtue of its strategic location and natural capabilities, the process of union and integration enables it to play major roles in the framework of exploiting the resources that are available in it.
This will also enable it to reach a suitable position and negotiating power with other blocs, especially the European Union, which is the most prominent partner for the two countries together.
In fact, in addition to what is imposed by common geography and diversity in natural capabilities, Al-Bakay believes that the common history with its cultural, social and political load, which has strengthened its presence in the relationship of the two peoples in the joint confrontation of French colonialism, is enough to move straight towards valuing the “common” to build an integrated economy.

common locomotive
What is common between the two countries necessitates a common destiny as well, which is what prompts the purpose of saying that Morocco and Algeria are the locomotive of the Maghreb region, in their relations with African countries or the rest of the world.
Moving forward, according to Hadaf, requires acceptance of difference and disagreement, given that the points of convergence are greater than what may divide the two countries and peoples, especially in the common history of confronting colonialism (itself), which stimulates the investment of common denominators between the two neighboring countries.
Hadef considers the common stakes of young people in Morocco and Algeria, on the social and economic level, as an important factor in providing a youth dynamism capable of deepening common bonds, especially with the exploitation of the digital space and the opportunities it provides for convergence of views and facilitating the process of communication.

(Anatolia)

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