Friday, September 30

Morocco cancels a planned meeting with Borrell after his defense of a consultation in the Sahara

The Moroccan Foreign Minister, Naser Burita, has canceled a bilateral meeting that was scheduled for next September in Rabat with the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, diplomatic sources informed Efe. The sources did not give more details about the reasons for this decision and limited themselves to saying that now the visit of the high representative to Morocco is “inappropriate”.

The Moroccan Foreign Minister, Naser Burita, deplored yesterday Borrell’s statements in which he defended last Tuesday a consultation for the Saharawi people to decide on their future.

At a press conference in Rabat with his German counterpart Annalena Baebock, the Moroccan minister said he hoped it was “a slip” by Borrell.

Borrell, in an interview last Tuesday on RTVE, said that the position of the Spanish Government on the conflict in Western Sahara is that of the EU, which consists of “defending the holding of a consultation so that it is the Saharawi people who decide how they want Let it be your future.”

The high representative qualified his words the following day in an interview with EFE when he defended that the solution to the Sahara problem “passes through a solution agreed between the parties” and “within the framework of the United Nations resolutions.”