Bin Ali calls for reactivating Arab Maghreb Union
Tunisia-Maghreb, Politics, 2/19/1999
Tunisian President Zein al-Abidin Bin Ali has called for revitalizing the Arab Maghreb Union. This was expressed in messages he addressed to heads of the Arab Maghreb states on the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the union.
Bin Ali called in his messages, which were published on Wednesday in Tunisia, to continue joint work in order to "preserve the Arab - Maghreb unity" through the same political will which was available when the birth of the union was announced.
The regional union, which was established on February 17, 1989 in Marrakesh, Morocco, includes Tunisa, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania and Libya.
The union's activities have been frozen for four years due to the political tensions between Morocco and Algeria over the Western Sahara question.
In his messages, the Tunisian president asserted that the Arab Maghreb Union will be always a "historical achievement." He stressed the need to study the future of this union in a way that "complies with major changes taking place in the world."
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