In his first comment on the diplomatic crisis between Tunisia and Morocco; Abdelilah Benkirane, the former prime minister, said that Tunisian President Kais Saied’s reception of separatist leader Ibrahim Ghali “is a great danger on a symbolic level,” asking: “What does it mean to receive this person as head of state? “
The secretary general of the Justice and Development Party added, in statements to the press, on the sidelines of his participation in the funeral of the Moroccan artist Fathallah Al-Maghari, on Sunday, that “the Sahara is Moroccan, and it is a question of a homeland, of a nation and a people, and does not accept retreat”.
He explained that “the behavior of Kais Saied annoyed Morocco” by receiving the leader of the Polisario militia during the Japanese-African summit, which Tunisia hosted on August 27 and 28, but according to him, “it will not have any result in the record of our territorial integrity,” describing Qais Said’s behavior as reckless.
He said that “Kais Said did not appreciate what he did”, noting that “the reception was not assigned even to Algeria for the separatists” and emphasizing that “the way in which the Tunisian president Kais Saied received the separatist leader is crude and unpleasant. “. “
He added: “Instead of reconciling us and the Algerians, he received the leader of the separatists in a crude and unreasonable way, and I think that, first of all, it is not acceptable in Tunisia.”
Benkirane expressed his regret for what the Tunisian president did, asking him to “review his position if possible”, saying: “Tunisia lives in a difficult situation, it suffers from financial problems, in exchange, Algeria has improved its financial conditions, but the political it is not just money but it is a set of values and principles. Emphasizing, “The relationship between the two peoples is exceptional in terms of understanding and harmony.”
The former prime minister stated: “When I was prime minister, I asked our teacher to visit them, and he replied, and on the basis that he would only spend two days in Tunisia, but when he heard tourists fleeing from Tunisia against After the terrorist attacks to which I was exposed, the king spent ten days in Tunis.
He continued: “I do not hide from you that I feared for his safety when he was in Tunisia due to the security situation in which she lived, especially when he was wandering the public streets of the Tunisian capital, amid reduced security.” that King Mohamed VI always recommended him “when he traveled to Tunisia to help her”.
The Moroccan Foreign Ministry summoned the Moroccan ambassador to Tunisia, Hassan Tariq, to protest the reception of the controversial Tunisian president Kais Saied, leader of the separatist Polisario Front, Ibrahim Ghali, to which Tunisia responded with the same coin.