ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s foreign minister said Tuesday that his country is breaking diplomatic ties with Morocco “starting today,” amid growing hostility between the North African neighbors.

Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra read a statement from the country's president on the decision during a press conference.

The announcement comes nearly a week after Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune told a security council meeting that “incessant hostile acts" by Morocco raised "the need for a revision in relations between the two countries and the intensification of security checks at the western borders” with Morocco, the official APS new agency reported.

The move follows a period of growing tension between the neighbors which are mired in a long-standing feud with their borders closed to each other.

Matters deteriorated further in recent weeks with Morocco's U.N. ambassador saying the people of Algeria's Kabyle region should have the right to determine their future status.

That recalls Algeria's support for Polisario guerrillas' bid for self-determination in the disputed Western Sahara, annexed by Morocco in 1975. Morocco wants autonomy for the region.

Algeria, in turn, claims that Morocco backs a separatist group in the Berber region of Kabyle that it has placed on a terrorist list.