"The opening of borders after so many years will be a positive step for the peoples of both countries," said Steven Gruzd, head of the Governance and Diplomacy in Africa program at SAIIA, in a statement to MAP.
"It is time to move forward and put an end to decades of separation between the two countries and the suffering experienced by the people living near the borders," said Gruzd.
"It is abnormal that the borders remain closed between neighbors," he said, noting that the opening of borders would be a good initiative that would help bring the two countries closer.
Moreover, he continued, "this approach will give new life to the Maghreb integration project and bring the various parties to a solution for the Sahara issue.
In addition, the opening of borders will allow better trade and, therefore, greater economic growth for both countries, he stressed.
-News on Western Sahara/Corcas