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Algeria cuts off gas to Morocco as spat continues

ALGERIA cut off a gas supply to neighbouring Morocco today, the country’s president said as the dispute between the two north African countries continues.

“Due to Morocco’s hostile acts towards Algeria, undermining national unity, the president has ordered the oil company Sonatrach to cut off trade relations with the Moroccan electricity company ONEE,” a statement confirmed.

Algerian authorities failed to renew a gas contract with Rabat which expired on Sunday.

The Maghreb-Europe pipeline supplies gas to Spain and passes through Morocco, which is paid a royalty.

Sonatrach will continue to supply Spain through the smaller Medgaz pipeline, with Algiers saying the shortfall could be shipped instead.

Algeria closed its air space to Morocco in September, having broken off diplomatic relations the previous month, accusing it of “hostile actions.”

It is angered over Rabat’s normalisation of relations with Israel, a deal brokered by former US president Donald Trump.

In return, the US recognised Moroccan sovereignty over occupied Western Sahara. Rabat accuses Algeria of supporting the Polisario Front, which leads resistance to its occupation.

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