In an interview with South Africa’s newspaper Sunday Times, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has urged South Africa to work hand in hand with Morocco towards enabling better cooperation.
Nasser Bourita recalled Morocco and South Africa’s strategic location and geographic position within the continent emphasizing that Rabat and Pretoria should collaborate, look into similarities rather than suffer bilateral problems reminding the friendly ties that connected Nelson Mandela and the Kingdom.
Tensions between the two countries escalated in 2014 when South Africa undermined Morocco’s territorial integrity by recognizing the Polisario that it continues to support. Last Month, South Africa went too far by co-hosting together with Namibia a meeting in support of Polisario’s so-called independence claims. Ahead of that hostile gathering, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that his country’s commitment to helping the “Sahrawi.”
The head of the Moroccan diplomacy highlighted that the Moroccan Sahara’s conflict is taking place thousands of kilometers away of South Africa which position shows a lack of knowledge and facts about the Moroccan territorial integrity.
According to Bourita, South Africa should assume its role as a member of the international community and remain neutral explaining that this event was against the United Nations efforts for solving the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.
Last but not least, Bourita concluded that both Morocco and South Africa should join hands and assume their role in leading Africa’s efforts towards bettering its global positioning and growing its economy.