Diplomatic tensions are very palpable between Spain and Morocco, due to the hospitalisation of the Polisario Front leader, Brahim Ghali, ten days ago. The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, questioned the strength of bilateral relations with Spain. Morocco accuses Algeria of being behind the « Brahim Ghali Affair » and of having negotiated with Spain so that he would not be questioned by the justice system.
In an interview granted to the Spanish news agency EFE, Nasser Bourita wondered if Spain wanted to « sacrifice its bilateral relationship » because of the reception on its territory of the Polisario Front leader, Brahim Ghali. The Moroccan Foreign Minister revealed in his interview that the Spanish attitude could heavily affect relations between the two countries.
Nasser Bourita recalled that his ministry has not received « satisfactory and convincing answers » to the many questions addressed to his Spanish counterpart, Arancha Gonzalez. He believes that this crisis between the two countries is a real test for bilateral relations. « We will see if the reality and sincerity of our relationship is not just a slogan, » he said, adding that Madrid cannot decide to have an « à la carte relationship » with Morocco.
Nasser Bourita also recalled that the links between Morocco and Spain are « political, economic, commercial, human and security ». He took the opportunity to accuse Algeria of being behind a plot. He reproached Spain for not having taken the time to consult Morocco, while it had « coordinated » its actions with the Kingdom’s adversaries, alluding to Algeria.
Nasser Bourita developed his arguments by saying that « when it comes to plotting with Algeria and the Polisario, Morocco is off the radar, but when it comes to talking about migration or terrorism, Morocco becomes important again.