Some analysts believe the measures are an attempt by the North African state to make a stand over its claim to the sovereignty of disputed Western Sahara. In Rabat, anger is brewing over Germany’s criticism of former US President Donald Trump’s decision in January this year to recognise Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. Isaias Barreñada, a Madrid-based expert on Western Sahara, believes Morocco has chosen to start a diplomatic dispute with Germany because the European country is a member of the UN Security Council. Economic importanceFar from being an isolated patch of desert, Western Sahara has considerable economic importance for Morocco. International support for Morocco’s side in the dispute appears to be growing, with a number of African and Arab states recognising Rabat’s sovereignty over Western Sahara.
Source: The North Africa Journal March 08, 2021 14:00 UTC