The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Naser Bourita, has reproached Spain this Sunday for being responsible for “creating” the crisis opened by the presence in Spain of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, and then wanting to be taken over 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 now wants Europe to assume 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 the borders that are not yours, “he said.
No contact with Spain
When questioned about the current moment of diplomatic relations with Spain, Bourita pointed out that “contrary to what the Spanish minister says [de Exteriores, Arancha González Laya], 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 rule of law in front of a partner like Morocco that a passport is forged, usurping an identity to bring someone to European territory? Is it normal that this man is being prosecuted in Spain for four complaints: rape, terrorism and torture? “Bourita has raised.
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 is looking for a deterioration and a worsening of the crisis, or even the break“, has warned.
“Morocco has done a lot in migratory cooperation, not out of obligation or in return. It has done it based on an association. An association between Morocco and Spain and an association between Morocco and the EU, but the association is not a 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% 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 migration 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 exchanges of information on illegal immigration with Spain, according to Bourita.
Regarding the accusations about “migratory blackmail”, Bourita has argued that “again the problem is badly posed: It is as if Morocco has an obligation to act to protect Europe“.” Morocco is not obliged. Morocco does it as a partner and the association has bases. The association is reciprocal, “he insisted.
Regarding the issue of migrant minors, the minister has indicated that “it is a problem that Morocco is frankly discussing with many European countries as part of its responsibility.”