Rabat – Algeria and South Africa proceed to regurgitate their anti-Moroccan rhetoric, undermining Morocco’s territorial integrity throughout speeches to the 75th session of the UN Common Meeting

Whatever the context, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa by no means fails to reiterate his place on Western Sahara when delivering statements to worldwide audiences. 

Echoing his Africa Day speech in Could, Ramaphosa grouped Israel’s occupation of Palestine in with Morocco’s post-colonial wrestle to resecure sovereignty over its southern provinces. 

Ramaphosa stated in Could: “As Africans, we are going to proceed to face on the facet of justice and help the folks of Western Sahara of their enduring wrestle for freedom and self-determination. We additionally name for the tip of the oppression of the Palestinian folks and the occupation of their homeland.”

In his assertion to the UN Common Meeting on Tuesday, Ramaphosa equally referred to as for “an finish to the unlawful occupation of Western Sahara and for the Palestinian folks’s proper to self-determination,” in addition to for an finish to the US’ embargo of Cuba. 

Ramaphosa reiterated help for the self-styled Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic’s (SADR) independence claims after broadly denouncing corruption, racism, gender-based violence, and human rights infringements. 

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South Africa and Algeria are the first opponents of Morocco’s territorial integrity. The Algerian president, regardless of insisting earlier this week that Algeria “has no issues” with Morocco, parroted Ramaphosa in his personal assertion to the UN Common Meeting on Wednesday.

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune referred to as on the UN to expedite the group of a referendum for the “self-determination” of the SADR.

Tebboune “regrets” the obstacles the Western Sahara concern is going through, noting the suspension of negotiations “between the events to the battle” and refusing to acknowledge Algeria’s position as one in all these events. He additionally expressed dismay on the delay in appointing a brand new UN envoy to the territory.

Like Ramaphosa, Tebboune linked Western Sahara to Israel’s unlawful occupation of Palestine, demanding independence for each Palestinians and Sahrawis. 

The Common Meeting statements are the newest insults to Morocco from Algeria and South Africa. 

Much more, Tebboune’s remarks add to the egregious contradictions he espoused throughout an interview on Sunday. 

Claiming Algiers has no drawback with Rabat, Tebboune instructed Morocco is responsible for the 2 nations’ perceived rift: “If in Morocco they assume there’s a drawback, allow them to come and say it.”

The Algerian president insisted that Western Sahara shouldn’t be the reason for a diplomatic battle between the 2 neighbors. Western Sahara, he stated, is a matter of “decolonization.”

Algeria’s diplomatic and monetary help for the militant Polisario Entrance separatist group, nonetheless, is a direct assault on Moroccan sovereignty. 

Though King Mohammed VI invited the president, upon his election in December 2019, to show a brand new web page in Rabat-Algiers relations, Tebboune appears extra thinking about making incendiary remarks and slighting any diplomatic outreach from Morocco.

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