Algeria says Arab Maghreb Union has been defunct for years

Algeria says Arab Maghreb Union has been defunct for years
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Tunisian President Kais Saied, and Chairman of Libya's Presidential Council Mohamed Younes Al-Manfi in Tunis, April 22

Algeria’s state news agency says the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) has been effectively dead for almost 30 years. This comes a week after the April 22 meeting between the Presidents of Algeria, Tunisia and Libya in Tunis aimed at improving regional coordination.

Algeria has been pushing to form a new regional block excluding Morocco. In a post on its website, the Algerian Press Service blamed Morocco for the demise of the AMU.

The Union was formed in 1989 to foster cooperation between Morocco, Algeria Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania. However its efforts to advance regional integration have foundered in the face of political rivalry, primarily between Morocco and Algeria

Algeria’s recent efforts to form a replacement grouping excluding Morocco have run into headwinds. In the wake of the Tunis meeting, Libyan officials emphasized the importance of Morocco’s inclusion in any plan to restore the AMU and rejected creating a parallel body to replace the Union.

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