Moroccan international ministry says transfer by Spain is inconsistent with ‘spirit of partnership and good neighborliness’.
Morocco’s Overseas Affairs Ministry has summoned the Spanish ambassador to convey the federal government’s “remorse” over Spain’s determination to obtain for medical therapy the chief of a regional group preventing Morocco for independence.
Spanish officers revealed final week that Brahim Ghali, 73, is hospitalised in Spain for therapy of COVID-19.
Ghali heads the Polisario Entrance, an Algeria-backed breakaway motion that seeks to ascertain an impartial state within the Western Sahara area, periodically participating the Moroccan armed forces.
The Moroccan international ministry stated Spain’s stance is “inconsistent with the spirit of partnership and good neighbourliness”. Morocco is searching for a proof of Spain’s place, the ministry stated on Sunday.
The diplomatic rigidity between Rabat and Madrid comes as Spain seeks Morocco’s cooperation in stemming the circulation of migrants throughout the ocean to Spanish territory. The Spanish authorities can be searching for to deepen financial ties with African international locations.
An official from Spain’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs stated final week that Ghali had been taken in “for strictly humanitarian causes”.
Western Sahara stretches alongside Africa’s Atlantic coast south of the Moroccan resort metropolis of Agadir, and borders Algeria and Mauritania. It has a inhabitants of 600,000. It was colonised by Spain within the nineteenth century and annexed by Morocco in 1975.
The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, the self-declared authorities additionally led by Ghali, says he’s “recovering favourably” in an unidentified Spanish hospital.