Moroccan Government: Withdrawals of SADR Recognition Will Continue

Mustapha El Khalfi

Spokesperson of the Moroccan Government Mustapha El Khalfi expressed the government’s satisfaction with El Salvador and Barbados’ decision to withdraw recognition of self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

In the press conference, El Khalfi said that Morocco’s government  is committed to addressing any provocative action that seeks to undermine Morocco’s territorial integrity. The government’s stance is complemented by the newly adopted “vigilance system,” he said.  

El Khalfi highlighted how Morocco responded  after the organizing committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt posted a video featuring the flag of the the Polisario Front’s self-styled SADR. 

“All the stakeholders s intervened, including the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Sports, the Royal Football Federation, and the Moroccan embassy [in Egypt].”

Morocco’s quick reaction resulted in an official apology from the organizing committee, as well as  the Egyptian government.

Morocco’s position on the conflict is gaining traction. “The best proof of this,  is the decision of El Salvador and Barbados to withdraw their recognition of the self-proclaimed SADR, he added. 

“The number of countries that support the Polisario Front decreased from 80 countries to 50 countries. It is a limited number of countries,” said El Khalfi, adding that the number of withdrawals will increase.

El Khalfi pointed out that there will be no “empty chair” policy anymore as Morocco’s government is mobilizing all its resources to combat any hostile moves that seeks to  undermine its territorial integrity and its sovereignty over the southern provinces in Western Sahara.

The spokesperson of the Moroccan government  recalled Morocco’s participation in the 41st session of the Human Rights Council held in Geneva this week.

During the Council session, a group of states sympathetic to Morocco’s position  expressed support for Morocco’s territorial integrity and its Autonomy Plan.

The group also reiterated their full support for the UN-led political process to end the conflict, saying that the “issue of the Sahara is a political dispute managed in New York where the Security Council is making efforts to facilitate the achievement of a mutually acceptable political solution.”

The group, which includes, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, reiterated  that the Moroccan Autonomy initiative has been recognized by the UN Security Council as the “unique and exclusive way to resolve” the decades-long regional conflict.