France has come under fire from Morocco for not formally recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over this area to its south.
The phrase is unmistakable and, more importantly. Rife with repercussions: Mohammed VI truly meant it when he described Western Sahara as a “prism”. Through which the Cherifian kingdom would moving forward assess its global surroundings. The window of diplomatic prudence has passed for Rabat. It is now necessary to distinguish between real and phony buddies. The King urged the kingdom’s “partners”. Whose “positions on the Sahara issue are ambiguous” to “clarify” them in his well-known speech.
The allusion is primarily direct at France, which is eager to formally recognize Morocco’s “sovereignty” over the former Spanish colony. Which is being contest by the Polisario Front. Algerian-backed independence movement in the south of Morocco (266,000 square kilometers, 600,000 people). Paris hasn’t yet made the move because it is hesitant and wants to strike a balance between Rabat and Algiers. The Moroccans are irritate by this wait-and-see attitude, which is foster continuous diplomatic tensions between the two nations, particularly because the disagreement over the Sahara’s borders is a result of French colonial rule in Algeria. This is most likely where the bilateral crisis lies at its core. Close to the palace media expressly state as much. The Franco-Moroccan cooperation will be restarted on new ground, according to the online publication Hepsress, if President Macron decides to recognize the Moroccan nature of the Sahara tomorrow.
Regardless of political views, Morocco considers its claim to the “southern provinces”—the phrase used for Western Sahara—to be a holy patriotic cause. In fact, King Hassan II was only able to regain his legitimacy after two coup attempts in 1971 and 1972 thanks to the “Green March” of October 1975, which sparked Spain’s expulsion from the region. Its “Moroccanness” cannot even be contested in the eyes of Rabat, which has assumed control of 80% of the region, thanks to “historical rights” granted by long-ago tribal allegiances.