Rabat - Morocco is denying that its decision to cut ties with Iran was taken in response to foreign pressure.
Rabat – Morocco is denying that its decision to cut ties with Iran was taken in response to foreign pressure.
The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign affairs said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that the country has presented a detailed evidence to Iran “on the role of Hezbollah” and Iranian officials involved with military training, arms delivery for the Polisario Front separatists.
Referring to claims by separatist media, the ministry published a set of arguments in conjunction with the statement, denying all claims that Morocco severed ties with Iran because of foreign pressure.
In an interview with Sputnik, Mustapha Sayed, “minister” of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, claimed that Morocco was pressured into its decision by Saudi Arabia.
“Following the rupture by the Kingdom of Morocco of its diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, some circles, in need of arguments, claimed that the Kingdom would have taken this decision under pressure from some countries,” said the statement.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Morocco has historically proven that it takes its positions independently in all regional and international crises. Furthermore, all stances “correspond to its principles and respond to its own assessment.”
The statement added that Morocco has demonstrated detailed evidence to Iran on the role of Hezbollah, and the involvement of the Iranian embassy in Algiers, in military training, arms delivery and training for urban guerrilla operations.”
Morocco has also denounced separatist claims, linking Morocco’s position to the adoption of the latest Security Council resolution on Western Sahara.
“Firstly, the Security Council resolutions adopted in recent years have all strengthened Morocco’s position and recognized the preeminence of its Autonomy Initiative,” said the statement, adding that the front is grossly misrepresenting the situation through these claims.
The ministry added that the most recent Security Council decision reflects the position of the international community on the situation in Western Sahara and Polisario’s illegal actions in the region.
In conclusion, the source emphasized that Morocco’s decision “in no way concerns the friendly Iranian and Lebanese populations, who are strangers to this kind of hostile action, taken by Hezbollah in connivance with the Polisario under the blessing of Iran.”