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Western Sahara: Morocco puts pressure on Spain to follow in Trump's footsteps

Published on : Tuesday, 19 January 2021 12:38   Read : 41 time(s)
Western Sahara: Morocco puts pressure on Spain to follow in Trump's footsteps

MADRID (Spain) - The Polisario Front representative to Spain, Abdallah Laarabi, said Monday that Morocco is exerting pressure on the Spanish Government to follow in the footsteps of outgoing US President Donald Trump and recognize so-called Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara.

In a statement to APS, Abdallah Laarabi said that the Spanish-Moroccan relations are currently going through a difficult situation because of Morocco’s  expansionist plans in Western Sahara.

"It is impossible to review the relations between these two countries without mentioning the Sahrawi cause, given the political responsibility and Spain's legal status regarding the decolonization of Western Sahara," he explained.

The Mekhzen plays the card of the fight against crime, terrorism and illegal migration to put pressure on Spanish government, he added.

"The Moroccan regime is trying to convince, by all means, the Spaniards to follow in Trump's footsteps by recognizing the alleged Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara," he said, adding that the Moroccan Kingdom is exploiting its relations with Spain to influence the latter's position.

"We are in contact with the Spanish Government which reassured us that it will not recognize Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara ... but Moroccan pressures are increasing," unveiled Laaribi.

In addition, the diplomat insisted on the role of the African Union (AU) in the settlement of the Sahrawi conflict, especially after its decision during the 14th Extraordinary Summit of Heads of the AU State and Government reintroducing the Sahrawi question to the agenda of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC).

Western Sahara: Morocco puts pressure on Spain to follow in Trump's footsteps

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