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Canada Report: Morocco wants to suspend relations with the German embassy.

04:30  02 march  2021
04:30  02 march  2021 Source:   dw.com

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Apparently there is diplomatic resentment between Rabat and Berlin. The Moroccan government is putting the contacts with the German embassy on hold.

Der marokkanische Außenminister Nasser Bourita (Archivbild) © Getty Images / AFP / F. Senna The Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita (archive image)

Moroccan media quoted from a letter from Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita to Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani. The letter calls on all ministerial departments to "suspend" "all contact and interaction" with the German embassy as well as with its affiliated organizations and political foundations. Exceptions would have to be explicitly approved by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From Moroccan diplomatic circles it was reported that the background was "profound misunderstandings" between Morocco and Berlin, for example in the Western Sahara question .

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There are currently several points of contention between Rabat and the federal government. Among other things, the German criticism of the unilateral recognition of Moroccan claims to the territory of Western Sahara by the USA caused displeasure in the Moroccan capital. At the beginning of December, then US President Donald Trump confirmed the sovereignty of Morocco over Western Sahara.


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Continuous conflict over Western Sahara

Western Sahara with its half million inhabitants was a Spanish colony until 1975 and was then largely occupied and annexed by Morocco. The region has coveted natural resources, including fish-rich waters and phosphate deposits. Morocco had previously reacted angrily to its exclusion from the Berlin Libya Conference in January 2020.

There was initially no official communication from the Moroccan side on the current development. he German embassy in Rabat could not be reached on request in the evening. "We have taken note of the media reports," said the Foreign Office in Berlin.

The office describes relations with Morocco on the Internet as "traditionally close, friendly and free of tension". The Friedrich-Ebert-, Konrad-Adenauer- and Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung have their own offices in the country. Both countries also have strong economic and trade ties.

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Bad weather in the Mediterranean basin .
© La Chaîne Météo A low pressure circulates from northern Morocco and southern Spain to central Italy. It causes an episode of bad weather over the western Mediterranean basin. While northern Europe experiences very calm weather due to high pressure conditions, the weather is much more turbulent over the Mediterranean basin. Indeed, the British anticyclone rejects bad weather towards the south-east of Spain, the Balearic Islands, Morocco, the north of Algeria, Sardinia and central Italy.

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