Morocco severs ties with Iran, accusing it of backing Polisario Front | Reuters
Morocco has its own motivations for publicly cutting ties with Iran, but like the United States, France and the Gulf Cooperation Council states. Established in , relations between Morocco and Iran improved in in the Qatar crisis, and offers a dilemma to the American administration. In March , Morocco severed relations with Iran after agents linked and rockets against an ally of France and the U.S. should not surprise.
Despite this, Iran maintained its freeze on recognition of the SADR and seemed committed to a resumption of diplomatic relations.
Morocco severs ties with Iran, accusing it of backing Polisario Front
In Septemberthe Iranian parliament took the unilateral decision to create a friendship group with Morocco, which caused astonishment in Rabat. From towhen Morocco was a non-permanent member of the Security Council, it expressed a relatively conciliatory position on Iranian nuclear programme: Part of the reason why Iran may have attempted to move closer to Morocco during this period was because the Islamic Republic has often sought the support of non-permanent members of the Security Council.
Morocco thus manages to get into the good graces of Saudi Arabia, which was unfriendly towards Rabat because of its neutrality in the Qatar crisis, and offers a dilemma to the American administration.
Morocco's offensive against Iran comes shortly after the appointment of John Bolton as national security adviser. Bolton is considered hostile to Iran but positive towards the Polisario Front.
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Morocco's offensive is also in line with the aggressive diplomatic approach adopted in recent months towards Algeria While the US administration is unlikely to give credence to Rabat's accusations against Tehran if they're not supported by credible evidence, the positions taken by the Gulf states and the Arab League have helped to legitimise Morocco's allegations.
Isolation of both countries Does the severance of Iran-Morocco ties prefigure Morocco's alignment with Saudi positions?
Morocco's neutrality during the Qatar crisis shattered Moroccan-Saudi relations. Today, it seems difficult to imagine that the kingdom would not align itself with the Gulf states and the US regarding Iran.
Saudi Arabia is becoming more and more imperious towards its allies and punitive towards the Arab countries that do not adhere to its plan to isolate Iran. The logical corollary of this alignment would also be a greater rapprochement between Morocco and the GCC countries.False Moroccan allegation on Iran about Western Sahara conflict
Will Morocco support any adventurous decisions that may be taken, or will it show some independence? Only the future can tell.
For Rabat, the Western Sahara affair is a Moroccan-Algerian dispute and therefore the diplomatic war would no longer be directed mainly against the Polisario Front, but also against Algeria. Apart from the objective of isolating Algiers, this strategy doesn't outline any way forward.
It would not change the UN's ultimatum, would push the parties further into tension and would jeopardise any future negotiations in advance. With two irreconcilable neighbours withdrawing into distant alliances, the dream of a united Maghreb becomes more distant, and the isolation of both countries might lead to a direct confrontation.
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Arab League Spokesperson, Mahmoud Afifi, voiced solidarity with Morocco following its decision to sever ties with Iran and condemned Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries. The Dhahran Summit resolution, on the Iranian interference, has reflected a firm Arab stance rejecting the Iranian interference and called for addressing them, he added in a press release. The Committee to follow up this issue is an effective Arab framework to coordinate policies and unify positions in the face of Iranian ambitions, threats and interventions, Afifi said.
This development, which is the latest episode in a series of Iranian destabilizing interventions in the Arab region, calls for Arab countries not to stand idly by in the face of this Iranian strategy aimed at spreading chaos and instability, Afifi pointed out.
GCC Secretary-General, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, voiced in a press release the full solidarity of the Council with Morocco as well as its support to all the measures taken by the Kingdom to strengthen its sovereignty, territorial integrity, security and stability.
Al-Zayani, who expressed support to Morocco's decision to sever ties with Iran, condemned Iranian interference in the Kingdom's domestic affairs, saying that the support provided by Tehran to the so-called Polisario is meant to destabilize Morocco and undermine its territorial integrity.
Morocco decided to sever ties with Iran because of the military support provided by its ally the Hezbollah movement to the "Polisario", Moroccan minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, said on Tuesday.
The Kingdom of Morocco has decided to sever ties with Iran because of the military support provided by its ally the Hezbollah movement to the "Polisario", Moroccan minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, said on Tuesday. I informed him of the decision of the Kingdom of Morocco to break off its diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran," the minister said at a meeting with the national and foreign press.
The minister insisted that this decision is a "reaction to a confirmed involvement of Iran through Hezbollah, of which everyone knows the link with Iran, in an alliance with the polisario against national security and the higher interests of the Kingdom". This decision is taken for "purely bilateral considerations and has no link with regional or international developments" and "Morocco never takes this kind of decision under influence or pressure, but when it comes to its territorial integrity, its national security, the security of its citizens, it can only be firm and take clear decisions".
He recalled in this regard that Morocco resumed its diplomatic relations with Iran inwhile this country was in crisis with countries friendly to Morocco. It is therefore clear that this "decision is linked exclusively to Morocco and Iran," the minister pointed out.
He noted that the collaboration between the polisario separatist movement and Hezbollah gained in scope and visibility from Marchstressing that a relationship between the two movements was built well before, already inwhen a "committee of support for the Sahrawi people" was set up for the first time in Lebanon, thanks to a benevolent protection of Hezbollah.