Rabat - Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said 'the time of France's tutelage of Morocco is over.'
Rabat – Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said ‘the time of France’s tutelage of Morocco is over.’
Speaking to Jeune Afrique magazine, Morocco’s chief diplomat condemned the “lack of desire” from the French side to overcome the diplomatic crisis between Rabat and Paris.
He added that France “lacks the strong political will” to obstruct the anti-Moroccan manipulations carried out by certain parties that are well-known for their hostility against Morocco.
Morocco’s FM also accused France of surrendering to pressures exerted by what he described as ‘lobbies that strive to disrupt the serenity of relations between the two countries.’
“The Moroccan minister’s statements come at a time when France, saddened by the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine, more than ever needs a strong partner like Morocco to help in the fight against terrorism,” said the French-speaking weekly.
The diplomatic chill between Morocco and France began last February when seven agents of the French judicial police went to the residence of the Ambassador of Morocco driven by three complaints raised against Abdellatif Hammouchi, head of the Moroccan secret services (DGST), accusing him of torture.
Also, the incident in which Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salaheddine Mezouar went through a body search dubbed by Morocco as ‘humiliating’ by French authorities in a Paris airport.
The Moroccan authorities reacted by suspending the judicial cooperation with France.