Moroccan political parties unanimously back King Mohamed VI

The head of the Moroccan government met with the secretaries general of the political parties to discuss the future of relations between Spain and Morocco
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PHOTO/AP  -   Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita

Relations between Morocco and Spain continue to be troubled. Following the illegal entry of Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali into Spain to receive hospital treatment from COVID, Morocco has repeatedly criticised the Spanish government's behaviour after welcoming him as he was considered a terrorist by the Alawi kingdom. This event has led to a series of diplomatic crises that have tightened the strings between the two countries and have begun to affect relations in the areas of security and immigration.

Morocco's position is firm. The Kingdom is clear in its position and demands the need for Ghali to be brought to justice after he is allegedly accused of committing crimes against humanity.

Along these lines, the head of government has held a meeting with the secretaries general of the Moroccan political parties represented in Parliament to discuss the evolution of relations between the two countries. This type of meeting has a special character and is only held when the situation is urgent. The last one took place after the US issued a communiqué recognising Morocco's sovereignty over the Sahara.

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PHOTO/REUTERS - Brahim Ghali, leader of the Polisario Front and President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)

In this regard, the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, presented a report on the latest developments between the two countries since the crisis began on 8 March.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister of State for Human Rights and Parliamentary Relations, Mustapha Ramid. Thus, the meeting became an opportunity for the Moroccan political parties to reaffirm their unanimous support for King Mohammed VI with the aim of defending the territorial integrity of the Kingdom and its "supreme interests", according to the government spokesman, Saaid Amzazi, in a communiqué.

In this way, all the participants expressed their continued support for all the positions adopted by the King of Morocco and continued to reiterate that the background to the crisis is the Sahara issue, which "concerns all Moroccans, regardless of their political and social sensitivities". In this line, the members considered Spain's position as a breach of "trust and mutual respect".

According to the MEPs, "Spain is allowing itself to be carried away by the desire to create problems, to frustrate Morocco's efforts to establish its territorial integrity and to try to put pressure on the Kingdom in an attitude that is inappropriate for a friendly country linked to Morocco by important strategic and economic partnerships".

AFP/FADEL SENNA - In this file photo taken on July 31, 2018, Moroccan King Mohammed VI waves to the crowd as he stands in a limousine during a loyalty ceremony, at the king's palace in Tetouan, to mark the 19th anniversary of Mohammed VI's accession to the throne

In addition to this, according to Amzazi, emphasis has been placed on the "commitment to the national consensus behind King Mohamed VI to defend Morocco's achievements and to thwart all plots against the territorial integrity of the Kingdom".

According to Europa Press, Brahim Ghali is expected to appear before the National Court on 1 June by telematic means due to his state of health. On the other hand, the Spanish Foreign Ministry has stressed Spain's willingness to "resolve its differences" with Morocco, without going into the judicial future of the Polisario leader.