South Africa says that Rabat has not yet responded to an agreement request to exchange new ambassadors Pretoria made 14 years ago.
Rabat – South Africa has officially signaled that the ball is in Morocco’s court if the kingdom wants to send an ambassador to Pretoria or receive a South African ambassador.
The Moroccan ambassador isan Pretoria left South Africa when the country recognized the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in 2004.
Since then, Rabat has not responded to a request from Pretoria to accept a South African ambassador.
After joining the African Union again last year, Morocco has stated that it wants to re-establish high-level relations with South Africa.
King Mohammed VI and former South African President Jacob Zuma decided late last year to raise the level of diplomatic representation by appointing high-level ambassadors in Rabat and in Pretoria.
The head of operations at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Mxolisi Nkosi, told reporters on Monday that the starting point for any normalization of relations between Rabat and Pretoria should be Morocco responding to South Africa’s request.