In January, the Venezuelan interim president asked for Morocco’s recognition and called for the restoration of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Rabat – Juan Guaido, who has declared himself the interim president of Venezuela, addressed a message to the Arab world, especially Morocco, in a recent interview with Emirati television channel Al Ghad.
“We thank the Arab world, and Morocco especially, for its supporting position for us,” he said.
Guaido also thanked Great Britain for its unconditional support.
After Guaido announced he would restore diplomatic ties with Morocco, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita responded to the opposition leader’s request for support.
Bourita spoke with Guaido by telephone, informing him that Morocco backs all the actions Guaido is taking for the legitimate aspirations of the Venezuelan people for democracy and change.
Prior to the phone call, the foreign affairs advisor of the Venezuelan assembly, Manuel Avendano, expressed Guaido’s determination to re-establish diplomatic relations with Morocco.
Following the phone call, Avendano said that Venezuela will “reconsider its recognition of the Sahrawi Republic” under Juan Guaido.
He added that Venezuela recognizing the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) was more in line with “left ideologies, like those of Nicolas Maduro’s regime” rather than “a real quest for a peaceful and political solution to the dispute over the Sahara.”
Through Algerian news outlet El Massa, Venezuelan Ambassador to Algeria Jose Rojo Reyes said that he rejected Guaido as interim president and claimed that Morocco is “taking advantage” of the conflict between Maduro and Guaido.
Reyes said that “Morocco is not in a position to speak about the nature of democracy in Venezuela and Latin America, because it knows very well the consistent position of Chavez and Maduro on the issue of Western Sahara.”
Morocco broke diplomatic ties with Venezuela in 2009 because of its support for the Polisario Front.
“Formal” diplomatic ties between Venezuela and SADR began in 1982 during the regime of Luis Herrera Campins.
In an interview with Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), 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.”