Morocco has suspended its relations with Germany because of differences of opinion on the Western Sahara issue since last March. Moreover, this crisis between the two countries has caused Morocco to lose 2 billion dollars in development aid intended largely for the fight against Covid-19, in the Cherifian kingdom.
Relations between Morocco and Germany have been very tense since last March, due to the Western Sahara issue. Since then, the Cherifian Kingdom has suspended its cooperation with German development aid institutions. This crisis between the two countries has led to the « freezing » of 2 billion dollars in development aid, which was largely destined for the fight against Covid-19 in Morocco, reports the Spanish newspaper El País.
This decision by the Cherifian kingdom has had serious consequences, since it has seriously affected the functioning of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the German Development Bank (KfW), two institutions in charge of implementing German development aid policy and cooperation with partner countries such as Morocco.
Last May, the Moroccan government recalled its ambassador to Germany for « consultations », reproaching the « negative attitude » of the German authorities regarding Western Sahara. « The German opposition, expressed after the American recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara, is a serious act that has not been explained until now, » said the Moroccan Foreign Ministry.
With the suspension, in early March, of relations with the embassy and all German institutions, Germans residing in the Cherifian Kingdom are experiencing difficulties in renewing their residence permits. A situation that had led Germany to advise its citizens to leave Morocco before the expiration of their visas.