In an interview with Russian news outlet Sputnik, Mustapha Sayed, an official of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic denied Morocco’s accusations against Iran and Hezbollah.
“Morocco’s accusations against Iran and Hezbollah of supporting the Polisario Front militarily are far from the truth, because the Sahrawis have had all the advanced weapons and missiles in their hands for years,” claimed Sayed.
However, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita affirmed that the country has documented evidence, including names and specific incidents, that proves Hezbollah and Iran’s support for the Front logistically and strategically.
Bourita added that Hezbollah sent military troops and offered the separatist group weapons and training sessions on urban warfare.
The separatist representative told Sputnik, “We have an embassy in Tehran, but it is closed without a staff, and we are looking to develop our relations with Iran.”
The Polisario, according to Sayed, “wants a strong partnership with Hezbollah.”
“We have traveled to Beirut repeatedly, and we have asked to meet with the Hezbollah leadership, but we have not succeeded.”
He added that the separatist group does not need weapons from Iran or Hezbollah.
Sayed also claimed that Morocco’s decision was due to “pressure from Saudi Arabia.”
Earlier today, Bourita denied that Morocco’s decision to cut ties with Iran is related to any foreign interference, including the current situation in Syria.
“This decision was not taken under influence or pressure,” said Bourita during a meeting with representatives of the national and foreign press.
Contesting Polisario’s claims, Bourita said, “When it comes to its territorial integrity, its national security, and the security of its citizens, Morocco can only be firm and makes clear decisions.”
Gulf countries, including Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia have all welcomed Morocco’s decision, expressing full solidarity with the North African country and its territorial integrity.