Morocco and Germany may resume diplomatic ties
Morocco said Wednesday that it expects to resume diplomatic ties with Germany, after Berlin indicated support for Rabat's autonomy plan for the disputed area of Western Sahara.
Morroco announced on Wednesday that it expects regular cooperation and diplomatic relations with Germany to resume after Berlin indicated support for Rabat's autonomy proposal for the disputed Western Sahara region.
In May, Morocco withdrew its ambassador to Germany, citing the European country's "antagonistic activism," after the US recognized Moroccan sovereignty over the area in December 2020 which is also claimed by the Algeria-backed Polisario Front movement.
Washington's decision, part of a deal that also involved increasing diplomatic ties between Morocco and "Israel", prompted Germany to call a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the issue. Berlin also did not invite Morocco to an international meeting about Libya last year, following the move.
Moroccan governmental agencies and entities were told not to collaborate or communicate with any German political entities.
However, the diplomatic situation improved last week as the German Foreign Ministry published a statement recognizing Morocco's "important contribution" to seeking a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.
According to the Moroccan Foreign Ministry, the “positive statements" were welcomed, "which bode well for a resumption of bilateral cooperation and a return to normalcy in the work of diplomatic representations of the two countries in Berlin and Rabat.”
Morocco has been aggressive in attempting to pressure European nations and the European Union to support the US position on Western Sahara. Last month, King Mohammed warned that Morocco would not agree to "any economic or commercial step that excludes the Moroccan Sahara."