Morocco accuses Spain of instrumentalizing the European Parliament

The Moroccan Government has lamented the “instrumentalization” of the European Parliament in the crisis with Spain, after the approval by the latter of a resolution that censured the actions of Rabat mainly in relation to the events in Ceuta, and has stressed that the causes of the disagreement with Spain remain unresolved.

As it has been doing in recent days, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has criticized efforts to “Europeanize” the crisis with Spain, insisting on the purely “bilateral” nature of it.

“The instrumentalization of the European Parliament in this crisis is counterproductive,” the Foreign Ministry defended in a statement. “Far from contributing to the solution, it is part of a logic of short-term political escalation “, he has warned, making it look ugly that the maneuver “tries to avoid the debate on the deep reasons for the crisis.”

Morocco claims its collaboration

Likewise, Rabat has once again played the migration card, denouncing that those who try to criticize Morocco in this area are the ones who “actually benefit the most from the concrete results“of cooperation in this field.

In this sense, it has claimed that since 2017, migratory cooperation has allowed the abortion of more than 14,000 attempts of irregular immigration, the dismantling of 5,000 human trafficking networks, the rescue of 80,500 migrants at sea, in addition to having prevented “innumerable assault attempts.”

Morocco warns against EU paternalism

Thus, the Moroccan government has defended that “it does not need any endorsement in its management of migration.” “Paternalism is a dead end“, has warned, underlining that” it is not the punishment or the reward that induces the behavior, but the conviction of a shared responsibility “.

On the other hand, with regard to the resolution approved in the European Parliament, he has considered that “when trying stigmatize Morocco, the very principle of partnership is being undermined. “

“As much as Morocco is satisfied with its relationship with the European Union, it considers that the problem continues to be with Spain, as long as the reasons that caused it are not resolved,” he stressed, pointing out that “Morocco has never judged its association with the EU on the basis of short-term incidents, but on the basis of long-term and reliable action. “

The European Parliament condemns Morocco

The European Parliament approved on Thursday by 397 votes in favor, 85 against and 196 abstentions, a motion in which MEPs highlight the rejection of Rabat’s strategy in Ceuta and ugly that it put the lives of thousands of minors at risk to respond to Spain’s gesture of attending to the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali.

The joint motion of popular, socialists, liberals and greens laments the worsening of the diplomatic and political crisis that “undermines the multidimensional strategy and the privileged neighborhood relations between Morocco, the European Union and its member states “.

Defense of the diplomatic channel

MEPs defend the diplomatic channel to address the disagreements between Madrid and Rabat and ask lower tensions, as well as resuming the constructive dialogue within the EU-Morocco association.

The resolution insists on the message that Ceuta is an external border of the EU, whose protection and security concerns the whole of the Union, for which it expresses its solidarity with the citizens of Ceuta and with the Spanish security forces.

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