Morocco has canceled a bilateral meeting that was scheduled in Rabat, next September, with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell.
“Borrell’s visit to Morocco is now inappropriate,” according to the Spanish agency “Effie”, citing diplomatic sources.
Last Thursday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and African Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, criticized Borrell at a press conference for the latter’s statements about the Sahara, in which he spoke of “the need to consult the Saharawi people.”
Bourita revealed a direct contact he had with Borrell, in which the latter explained the background to his aforementioned statement, which Bourita wanted to be “just a hit on the tongue.”
At the same press conference, the Moroccan minister stressed that Morocco does not seek a solution to the Sahara issue outside the United Nations and the international dynamics that define the issue.
In response to Borrell’s recent remarks, the spokeswoman for the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Nabila Masrali, said: “The European Union remains firmly committed to supporting the work of the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General , and encourages all parties to communicate with him to resume the political process”, highlighting in statements to MAP Al-Araby News about “the importance of preserving the stability of the region through more dialogue”.