Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita has made it clear that the open political crisis with Spain is “continuing” despite the departure of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, and has warned the Spanish authorities that “Europeanization” is “counterproductive”.
Moroccan diplomacy realized at the end of May that the crisis with Spain had the sovereignty of Western Sahara and not the reception of Ghali himself in the background, which again influenced Bourita this Wednesday during a press conference with his Hungarian counterpart on Wednesday’s official visit to Rabat.
“The crisis continues because the causes are still there,” said the head of Moroccan diplomacy, who accused Spain of hiding behind the European Union, according to the news portal ‘Le360’. “Europeanization is a flight forward, a way of avoiding reality,” he added.
With this in mind, he pointed out that this was a “bilateral crisis”, “of confidence” and warned against focusing on issues such as migration, in which Morocco continues to assert itself as an important partner of the European Union.
Bourita emphasized that “origin and responsibilities are very clearly and clearly defined” and has again proposed double standards to the Spanish authorities on issues of independence. “It is not possible to condemn separatism at home and promote separatism among neighbors,” he added in a veiled comparison between Catalonia and Western Sahara.
This is the first statement by a member of the Moroccan government since Ghali left Spain for Algeria on June 1st. The Polisario leader remains hospitalized in the Algerian capital recovering from the grave picture of COVID-19 that resulted in his emergency referral to Spanish territory in April.