Moroccan Sahara: Rabat Moves Its Relations with Allies into Higher Gear – Expert –

Morocco moved its relations with its allies into a higher gear regarding the Sahara issue, political expert Mustapha Tossa said on Friday. “After having long dealt with the gray area of their positions, and sometimes the doublespeak of their approach on the Sahara question, today Morocco is asking them for a great clarification to definitively put to rest this phase of uncertainties and hesitations leading to tensions,” Tossa wrote in an article entitled “Moroccan Great firmness towards Berlin and Madrid”. The expert noted that Rabat criticizes Berlin and Madrid for playing a “hostile double game”, by using different formulas. With Spain, “vital” neighbor, Morocco has developed a strategic partnership, security cooperation of high efficiency, whether on illegal immigration, drug trafficking, organized crime, or the fight against terrorism, he noted. And yet, at the first opportunity, Spain ”stabbed Morocco in the back” by hosting in secret the leader of the polisario separatists Brahim Ghali with a fictitious identity and a phony Algerian diplomatic passport, he added. “Worse, when this scandal was brought to the knowledge of international opinion, the Spanish deep state tried to slow down and obstruct the judicial proceedings launched on Spanish territory against Brahim Ghali for rape and crimes against humanity. The Spanish justice, known for its independence from political power, is taking a big knock in its national and international credibility”, he wrote. “Probably unintentionally, the Algerian services have succeeded in revealing the true face of Spanish diplomacy and offered Morocco an invaluable opportunity to request for clarity and transparency from Spain”, he said. Regarding Germany, the “diplomatic game is on a different tempo, as the accumulation of several clues showed the true German position”, he explained. “Similar to a political puzzle, these indicators give a strong image of a hostile picture towards Morocco,” he explained. From the exclusion of Morocco from the Berlin negotiations on the future of Libya, through the unfriendly invitation of Germany to the Security Council to discuss and oppose the U.S. recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over its Sahara, and the dissemination of sensitive security information about individuals and terrorist organizations hostile to Morocco. Many elements form a “clear hostility” towards Morocco, the political expert noted. Because the turning point of the American recognition is “historic”, Morocco has entered a phase of “diplomatic activism” where it should exploit the diplomatic fallout of this performance, the expert stressed, adding that the kingdom’s European allies and friends are currently “called upon to leave this comfort zone that has long allowed them to play on several tables and navigate in the murky waters of connivance and duplicity”.