Algerian-Mauritanian Collaboration Aims to Impact Moroccan Interests in West Africa

Mouad Boudina
Mouad Boudina
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In a pivotal diplomatic maneuver marked by nuanced political implications, Mauritanian Foreign Minister Mohamed Salem Ould Merzouk undertook a strategic initiative in the Algerian capital, Algiers. This initiative, grounded in shared “blood and history,” sought to deepen the historical ties between Mauritania and Algeria, fostering increased collaboration between the two nations, aptly described as “brotherly” by local media outlets.

During a press conference, the Mauritanian diplomatic leader emphasized the Algerian government’s resolute commitment, echoing earlier declarations by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, with a clear objective of fortifying bilateral cooperation. This collaborative effort appears strategically aligned to establish a unified front challenging the prevailing economic and political dominance of the Kingdom in the Maghreb region, resonating on the global stage.

Mauritania’s geopolitical significance as Algeria’s gateway to West Africa is underscored by a proposed infrastructural project: a road linking Tindouf in Algeria to Zouérat in Mauritania. Ostensibly designed to facilitate the export of Algerian goods to Mauritania and the broader African region, the feasibility of this endeavor encounters multifaceted technical and strategic challenges. Algeria’s motives seem geopolitically driven, potentially complicating the prospects for a political resolution in the Sahara.

Concurrently, this diplomatic development unfolds against a backdrop of escalating tensions between Morocco and Algeria. Recent measures taken by Algerian banks, prohibiting the transportation of goods through Moroccan ports, further accentuate the strain between these neighboring nations. Diplomatic ties between Algiers and Rabat were severed in August 2021, and the closure of land borders since 1994 underscores enduring animosity from Mauritanian authorities. At the forefront of these diplomatic intricacies is a symbolic project, the aforementioned road between Tindouf and Zouérat, emblematic of the profound ties between Algeria and Mauritania along the vast expanse of the Sahara border.

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