RABAT, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Morocco on Tuesday expressed its regrets over Algeria's decision to sever diplomatic relations.
Morocco has "taken note of the unilateral decision of the Algerian authorities to sever diplomatic relations with Morocco," the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"This decision is completely unjustified but was expected in view of the logic of escalation noted in recent weeks," the statement said.
Earlier Tuesday, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra announced his country's decision to "break off its diplomatic relations with Morocco."
Lamamra, in a letter on behalf of Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, attributed the decision to Morocco's "hostile acts" towards Algeria since mid-July, particularly Morocco's UN ambassador's recent remarks allegedly inciting residents living in Algeria's Kabyle region.
"Morocco will remain a credible and loyal partner for the Algerian people and will continue to act, with wisdom and responsibility, for the development of healthy and fruitful inter-Maghreb relations," according to a statement by the Moroccan Foreign Ministry.
Relations between Algeria and Morocco have been tense for decades, with their border closed since 1994. Bilateral tensions largely arise from disagreement over a disputed area in Western Sahara.