The King of Morocco on Tuesday appealed to Algeria for a “direct and frank” dialogue by proposing the creation of a “joint political mechanism for dialogue and consultation” to “overcome differences” between the two neighbours.
In a televised speech, Mohammed VI spoke at length about the relations between Rabat and Algiers which “escape normality, creating … an unacceptable situation”.
The border between the two countries has been closed since 1994, and the last meeting between the heads of state was held in 2005.
Since my accession to the throne, I have called with sincerity and good faith for the opening of borders , for the normalisation of Moroccan-Algerian relations,” Mohammed VI, who succeeded his father Hassan II in 1999, insisted.
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To move forward, the 55-year-old monarch proposed a new “joint political mechanism for dialogue and consultation”, specifying that “the level of representation within this structure, its format and its nature (were) to be agreed by mutual agreement”.
“Morocco is open to possible proposals and initiatives from Algeria” to establish relations between the two countries “on solid foundations of trust, solidarity and good neighbourliness,” he added.
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England dropped Sterling after Gomez altercation
England and Machester city player Raheem Sterling has been dropped ahead of Euro 2020 qualifer match against Montenegro.
England Football Association took to social media to confirm that Sterling had been dropped “as a result of a disturbance in a private team area”.
Sterling and Gomez had an on-field altercation during the Reds’ 3-1 Premier League victory at Anfield on Sunday.
But sterling has qunch the fire via his Instagram account on Tuesday, by stating “Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on,” Sterling said via his Instagram account on Tuesday.
“We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me.
“This is why we play this sport because of our love for it – me and Joe Gomez are good, we both understand it was a five to 10 second thing… it’s done, we move forward and not make this bigger than it
“Let’s get focus on our game on Thursday,” Sterling added.
England boss Gareth Southgate said on Monday: “Unfortunately the emotions of yesterday’s game were still raw.
“One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we’ve been able to separate club rivalries from the national team.
“We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday. My feeling is that the right thing for the team is the action we have taken.
“Now that the decision has been made with the agreement of the entire squad, it’s important that we support the players and focus on Thursday night.”
Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures
Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.
It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.
But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.
These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.
Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.
The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.
The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.
In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey
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