There is no other option for Berlin than to go through Rabat (analysis) – today 24

“There is no other option for Berlin than to go through Rabat”, headlined an analytical article for the German Channel One website “Tageschau” about the visit of the German Foreign Minister, Annalena Birbock, to Morocco last Wednesday.

The title, according to a report published by Deutsche Welle, largely reflects Germany’s new vision for its strategic partnership with Morocco following an unprecedented diplomatic crisis between the two countries.

“In just ten years, Morocco has become a major investment location for German companies in Africa, and is now second only to South Africa,” said Andreas Wentzel, managing director of the German Chamber of Commerce in Casablanca.

Wenzel explained that German companies created at least 40,000 jobs in Morocco, noting that the diplomatic crisis between the two countries did not affect their economic relations, but, on the contrary, exchanges between them reached a record level in 2021, and the investments alone amounted to nothing. less than 1,400 million euros, a trend that is also underway this year.

The file on the diplomatic crisis with Morocco was one of the first burning files that the German Foreign Minister, Annalena Birbock, found on her desk as soon as she took office.

The minister managed in a short time to appease Morocco and turn the page on his differences with it, after the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, invited King Mohammed VI to visit Berlin.

The aforementioned invitation coincided with the publication on the website of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs of a statement praising Morocco and considering it “a great partner of the European Union and Germany in North Africa”, highlighting that the plan of Morocco for the autonomy of the Sahara is an “important contribution” to the efforts to resolve the conflict.
The German minister, who visited Morocco last Wednesday, highlighted, according to the Rabat newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, Germany’s support for the process led by the United Nations and the special envoy Staffan de Mistura to reach a fair and mutually acceptable political solution .

For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, stressed that there is no contradiction between the autonomy plan presented by Morocco in 2007 and a leading role of the United Nations in resolving the conflict, and welcomed Germany’s position .

The German expert on Morocco, Anja Hoffmann, director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation office in Rabat, noted a notable change in relations between the two countries compared to last year.

The Tagschau website quoted her as saying: “I officially started working in this office just two days ago. I have the feeling that I arrived in good time. There are two countries that have political, security and economic interests based on common values, from which they can only benefit.”