The Arab Weekly : « Algeria says it seeks to mend ties with Morocco »
Mountacir Zian, director-general of the Mediterranean Company of Analysis and Strategic Intelligence, said “Algeria will cease to finance the separatist movement sooner or later because the low oil prices are taking their toll on its economy.”
Algeria’s revenues have shrunken sharply over the past two years as oil prices fell from record highs. Its 2017 budget which foresees tax hikes and salary freezes to offset a plunge in its oil revenues has angered teachers and medical workers who are threatening to go on strike.
Sellal’s statement came as Algerian army Chief of Staff General Gaid Salah supervised military manoeuvres in South-Tindouf that seek “the offensive in movement”, a statement from the Algerian Defence Ministry said.
It is the second live-fire exercise in a single year by the Algerian Army at the southern border zone with Morocco.
Zian said the fact that Algeria mobilised its army on its border with Morocco was part of Algiers’ psychological warfare.