The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Naser Bourita, has reproached Spain this Sunday for being responsible for “creating” the open crisis for the presence in Spain of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, and then wanting it to be assumed by Europe.
“Spain did not consult Europe before making decisions that affect the interests of Morocco. Spain did not consult Europe before failing to comply with the Schengen criteria to accept the fraudulent entry of a person wanted by the Spanish justice. Spain has created a crisis and wants now that Europe assumes it, “said Bourita in an interview with the French station Europa1.
Bourita has thus asked to “contextualize” the crisis between Morocco and Spain: “There is a context of bilateral crisis between Morocco and Spain (…), a crisis that has nothing to do with Europe, a crisis that was created by a national decision of Spain without consulting its European partners. ”
Bourita thus believes that “there is an attempt to divert the debate, to focus on a migration issue while the bottom line of the crisis is an act of injustice by Spain towards Morocco, towards its people and towards its strategic interests.”
As for the merely migratory situation, Bourita has asked “to get away from emotional speeches.” “The first truth is that Morocco is not obliged, it has no vocation or obligation to protect borders other than its own. Morocco is neither the gendarme nor the concierge of Europe to protect borders that are not its own,” he said. .
When questioned about the current moment of diplomatic relations with Spain, Bourita pointed out that “contrary to what the Spanish minister (of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya) says, there is no contact between Morocco and Spain since the outbreak of this crisis and contrary to what she says, Morocco has never been informed of the arrival of this individual “, referring to Brahim Ghali.
“Today Morocco asks clear questions: is it normal in a state of law in front of a partner like Morocco for a passport to be falsified, usurp an identity to bring someone to European territory? Is it normal that this man is being processed in Spain for four complaints: rape, terrorism and torture? “, has raised Bourita.
In any case, he stressed, “Morocco distinguishes between its very good relations with almost all the EU countries and a bilateral crisis born of a hostile attitude from Spain“” We are trying to divert the debate and create a crisis between Morocco and the EU that does not exist, “he added.
For Bourita “there is a problem of trust, of mutual respect with the direct partner in a crisis that Spain itself has created, it is up to her to find the solution.” “If Spain thinks that the crisis could be solved by secretly removing this man through the same procedures, it is because it is looking for a deterioration and a worsening of the crisis, or even a rupture,” he warned.
“Morocco has done a lot in migratory cooperation, not by obligation, nor by a consideration. It has done so on the basis of an association. A partnership between Morocco and Spain and a partnership between Morocco and the EU, but the partnership is not à la carte. The association means in the first place that we understand the strategic interests of the partners “, has argued.
Thus, he stressed that “Morocco has never acted to provide service in exchange for financial compensation.” “What Morocco receives on average from the EU does not exceed 300 million euros a year, less than 20 percent of the cost assumed by the kingdom in the context of the fight against illegal immigration,” he assured.
The crisis with Spain “is above all a migratory crisis born of a political crisis between two partners” and has thus rejected those who want to present Morocco as “the bad guy”. Thus, he recalled that in the last four years alone, Morocco has dismantled 8,000 human trafficking organizations.
Morocco has also aborted 14,000 illegal immigration attempts, including 80 attempted assaults on the city of Ceuta. It has also carried out more than 9,000 information exchanges on illegal immigration with Spain, according to Bourita.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.