Morocco has been following the domestic politics in Venezuela with great concern.
On Monday, the foreign affairs advisor of the Venezuelan assembly Manuel Avendano told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) on Monday in Caracas: “We want to restore our relations with the kingdom of Morocco.”
The official added that Venezuelan President Maduro’s position on Morocco has not been beneficial for both countries. There has been actions and rhetoric that have separated the two countries.”
Avendano said that Guaido’s government wants to turn a new page after 20 years of “Chavism” and “Madurism” to adopt its “own positions on diplomatic issues.”
Under Maduro, Venezuela was one of several countries that recognized the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. “Formal” diplomatic ties between Venezuela and SADR began in 1982 during the regime of Luis Herrera Campins.
Morocco officially broke diplomatic ties with Venezuela in 2009 because of its support for the Polisario Front, a threat for Morocco’s territorial integrity.
In January 2009, Morocco summoned Venezuela’s ambassador to condemn his country’s support for the separatists.
In response to the situation, Avendano emphasized the importance of restoring ties with Morocco because both countries “had cultural and economic exchanges that we want to grow.”
He insisted that the primary goal for Guaido’s new government is to restore diplomatic ties, adding that the government wants to “repair the damage suffered.”
Western Sahara conflict should be solved within UN framework
Commenting on the Western Sahara conflict, Avendano said that the Guaido government will “support the political process led by the United Nations to reach a peaceful and mutually acceptable solution to this regional dispute.”
“We want to support the process of settling this regional dispute within the framework of the United Nations.”
Moroccan expert on the Western Sahara conflict Abdelfettah Fatihi called on the Moroccan government to take advantage of the political situation in Venezuela in order to guarantee support from the new government.
Fatihi told Morocco World News that he does not understand why Morocco has not yet expressed support for the “transitional democratic process in Venezuela, especially as this country has cost us countless problems over the course of history,” referring to the Western Sahara conflict and Morocco’s territorial integrity project.
The analyst said that Morocco’s delay will make it lose diplomatic efforts in the future. He also called for the need to “eliminate” Venezuela’s negative position on Morocco’s territorial integrity through the support of Guaido’s government
On January 23, Guaido declared himself president, invoking an article of the Constitutionthat makes the national assembly leader president for 30 days if the presidency is vacant. Guaido generated widespread South American recognition and international diplomatic support, including from US President Donald Trump.
Avendano said that “on January 10, Maduro tried to stay in power and start a new term of office after unrecognized elections.”
“At the diplomatic level we are seeking more support, but unlike the Maduro regime, we are doing so under the Venezuelan constitution,” contended the advisor.
He added that the Guaido government wants “to obtain the recognition of the Kingdom of Morocco.”