Morocco involved in organized crime, terrorism in Sahel

Algiers, 30 August 2021 (SPS) - Ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in Algiers, Abdelkader Taleb Omar said Sunday that Morocco "is now isolated after the failures and crises in series," stressing "its correlation with organized crime through drug trafficking and terrorism.

Speaking at a study day on terrorism in the Sahel organized at the National Army Circle by the National Institute of Global Strategic Studies (INESG), Taleb Omar said that Morocco is in conflict with Africa as a whole and not only with the Western Sahara and Algeria or with Spain, Germany and the European Union (EU) in general.

Rabat has tried to exert pressure on Europe through illegal emigration but has failed to achieve its objective by leading the EU to follow in the footsteps of former U.S. President Donald Trump, who granted Morocco alleged sovereignty over occupied Western Sahara.

Rabat has gone to the point of making promises for the realization of fictitious projects in some states and "extends again its hand" to Spain after the crisis but it has found itself in a real state of isolation," he said.

Morocco has joined the AU, continues the Sahrawi diplomat, but "it refuses that the settlement of the Sahrawi cause is pan-African or UN. Worse still, it procrastinates on the appointment of a UN envoy to Western Sahara.

However, the Sahrawi people will achieve independence through their will and their resistance, and the delay or the attempt to prevent the referendum process "means that Morocco knows that the results will be in favor of the Sahrawis.

In addition, he praised the role of Algeria in the fight against terrorism "emanating from a global vision that exceeds the security and military aspects, to the socio-economic, cultural and external components," stressing, for this, the need for "collaboration of all to fight against this scourge and establish security and peace. (SPS)