Mexican NGOs have denounced the presence of Polisario members at the inauguration of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Rabat – The new president was sworn in on Saturday, promising radical change in his country.
In a petition published on November 29, a group of NGOs said that the invitation sent to Polisario’s members for the inauguration of Mexico’s elected president is a “serious violation of Mexican democracy.”
According to a joint statement published by Ambajadastv.com, the group of NGOs was surprised by the presence of “ a fictitious state not recognized by the United Nations or by the great powers such as China, Russia, the United States, France, and the entire European Union.”
The statement challenged Mexican authorities’ decision to invite the “head of a fictional entity” to take part in a symbolic event like the presidential inauguration.
While stressing Morocco’s contribution to stability and the security at the international level,
the NGOs continued, “What message do we want to convey to the international system and, in particular, to North Africa?
“Let us not forget that Morocco’s role is to be a guarantor of stability and security, while the fictitious SADR is objectively and clearly a separatist group with obvious links to radicalism terrorism, smuggling.”
The visit, the statement elaborated, stood “in blatant contradiction with the democratic principles advocated by the ruling party (Movement for National Regeneration, Morena, of Castro-Chavista obedience); it is all the more serious that this visit is officially stamped in the heart of a symbol of our democracy .”
The group of NGOs that denounced Polisario’s participation consisted of, among others, the Global Africa Foundation for Mexico, the Civil Society Assembly of Guerrero, and Urbana de Oaxaca.
Morocco was also represented at said presidential inauguration. Morocco’s speaker of the House of Representatives, Lahbib El Malki, attended the event on behalf of King Mohammed VI. King Felipe of Spain and the US Vice President Mike Pence also attended the ceremony.
El Malki told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that he conveyed to the Mexican president King Mohammed VI’s congratulations and his sincere wishes for full success during his presidential tenure.
El Malki also met with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Friday to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation.