The Moroccan government described the adoptions of the EU-Morocco agriculture and fisheries agreements as diplomatic victories.
In a press conference, El Khalfi said that the vote of the European Parliament in favor of the EU-Morocco agriculture agreement and the adoption of the fisheries deal by the EU Parliament’s Fisheries Committee “confirms that the kingdom is steadily accumulating assets and achievements, which reflects the relevance of the position taken under the leadership” of King Mohammed VI.
The official also mentioned that two-thirds of African countries do not recognize the separatist group, compared to a third before.
He said that Morocco has made “the fight against the separatist ideology a constant.”
Morocco informs UN of adoption of EU-Morocco deal
On Thursday, Morocco’s Permanent Ambassador to the UN Omar Hilale sent letters to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council to inform them of the adoption of the EU-Morocco agriculture agreement.
The adoption of the agreement, according to Hilale, “marks the culmination of a long process of technical negotiations and political consultations.”
On January 16, 444 members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the agriculture agreement between Morocco and the EU.
Hilale also recalled the visit of EU officials to Western Sahara to inspect the development in the region.
In his letters, Hilale said that “in adopting this Agreement, the European Parliament has recognized that its application benefits the development of the Sahara region and the local populations.”
He also recalled that the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) “rejected Polisario’s appeal, requesting the cancellation of the agriculture agreement on December 21, 2016.”
After the adoption of the agriculture agreement, Polisario described the EU decision as illegal and wrote its own letter to the Security Council.
The front also said that it will make a second appeal to the ECJ.