The government officially issued a statement to denounce the inclusion of the self-styled SADR in the official music video of the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
At the weekly government council held Thursday, June 20, El Othmani’s cabinet expressed its strong rejection of attempts to undermine Morocco’s territorial integrity, following a mistake by the Africa Cup of Nations’ (CAN) organizing committee who included the Polisario flag in their official 2019 music video.
On June 19, CAN 2019 organizers released the official music video for the tournament, which will take place in Egypt this summer. The video includes the flag of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), a provocative move against Morocco’s territorial integrity.
The CAN organizing committee in Egypt later apologized to the Moroccan government, emphasizing that the video was posted without its approval.
The Egyptian of Youth and Sports Minister Acraf Sobhi also extended his country’s apologies.
Spokesperson of the Moroccan government Mustapha El Khalfi said in a press conference following the government council on Thursday that Morocco “flatly rejects” such actions that “prejudice the national feeling of Moroccans.”
The official said that the “institutions concerned will see to it to completely correct any similar issues.”
“The agreements signed by our country at the level of the African Union clearly stipulates that this signature can not be interpreted, explained or put forward as a proof or an excuse to undermine the territorial integrity of Morocco,”he added.
The move to include SADR’s flag was not the first of its kind as the committee included SADR in the ticketing system in May. The Polisario Front, an unrecognized entity, will not be taking part in the tournament.