Tunisia recollects its ambassador to Morocco over Western Sahara battle

Tunisia mentioned, on Saturday, that it might recall its ambassador from Morocco for consultations, a day after the dominion did the identical in response to the Tunisian president internet hosting the chief of the Polisario motion.

The Polisario needs an unbiased state in Western Sahara, an unlimited space of ​​mineral-rich Sahara that Morocco considers a sovereign a part of its territory.

On Friday, Tunisian President Kais Saied hosted Polisario chief Ibrahim Ghali, who arrived to take part within the Japan-Africa Funding Convention TICAD.

In response to what it described as “unnecessarily hostile” and “provocative” motion, Morocco instantly withdrew its ambassador to Tunisia for consultations and canceled its participation within the high-level convention.

On Saturday, the Tunisian Ministry of International Affairs expressed its “astonishment” at Morocco’s response.

“Tunisia has maintained its full neutrality on the problem of Western Sahara, consistent with worldwide regulation,” it mentioned in a press release.

“This place is not going to change till the events involved attain a peaceable answer acceptable to all,” he added.

Mentioned spent most Fridays welcoming the African leaders who arrived for the TICAD convention, together with Ghali who can be the president of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

Morocco accused Tunisia of inviting “unilaterally” the Polisario chief “towards Japan’s recommendation and in violation of the preparation course of and established guidelines.”

However Tunisia mentioned on Saturday that the African Union had prolonged a direct invitation to the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic to affix the convention, noting that it had attended such earlier gatherings alongside Morocco.

This step comes at a time when French President Emmanuel Macron visited Algeria, the archenemy of Morocco and supporter of the Polisario, in a three-day go to geared toward restoring relations with the previous French colony.

This isn’t the primary time that Ghali’s travels have sparked Moroccan outrage.

In April 2021, he flew to Spain for remedy for Covid-19, sparking a year-long diplomatic row between Spain and the North African kingdom.

That ended solely after Madrid deserted its decades-long impartial stance on Western Sahara – a former Spanish colony – and backed a Moroccan plan for restricted autonomy there.

The Polisario had fought an armed wrestle earlier than agreeing to a ceasefire in 1991 on the promise of a UN-supervised referendum on self-determination, which by no means occurred.

Macky Sall, appearing president of the African Union, mentioned in a speech to the delegates of TICAD on Saturday that he “regrets the absence of Morocco”.

“We hope that this drawback will discover a answer for the sleek working of our partnership” between Africa and Japan, he mentioned.

(AFP)

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