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Pan-African Parliament asks European Parliament to remain neutral in Rabat-Madrid dispute

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Pan-African Parliament has asked the European Parliament not to get involved in the crisis between the Kingdom of Morocco and Spain, stressing that this crisis between the two countries is a bilateral one that can be resolved through diplomatic means or direct bilateral negotiation.

"It is urgent to ask the European Parliament not to get involved in the crisis between the Kingdom of Morocco and Spain," the Pan-African Parliament said in a statement signed by its outgoing president and goodwill ambassador, Cameroonian Roger Nkodo Dang.

"The Pan-African Parliament calls on its European counterpart to refrain from taking any position likely to exacerbate tension and called on both parties to resolve the crisis within a purely bilateral framework," the text adds, citing the commitments made by both Parliaments during the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union and the European Union held in Abidjan in 2017".

According to Mr. Dang, "any problems between two States are a matter of bilateral relations between them and the two parliaments can only intervene if they have previously discussed the problem".

The Pan-African Parliament welcomes the decision of King Mohammed VI of Morocco to return all unaccompanied Moroccan minors who have entered the European Union illegally.

Referring to the issue of terrorism and migration, the Pan-African Parliament states that "the facts prove that the Kingdom of Morocco is playing its part in the fight against terrorism, illegal immigration, and trafficking in human beings, in compliance with the principles and requirements of the partnership that unites it with the European Union and its regional environment.

"Morocco also plays an important role in the management of migration in Africa, which has been commended on many occasions by African heads of state and government, who have designated the King of Morocco as a Champion of Migration in Africa.

Similarly, and as part of its policy of sharing experiences, particularly in the field of migration, the outgoing president of the Pan-African Parliament said The Kingdom of Morocco has taken the initiative to host the first African center dedicated to the study and examination of this scourge, now called "the African Migration Observatory".

The tensions between Morocco and Spain were triggered by the hospitalization of Brahim Ghali, leader of the Polisario Front, in this Western European country.

Morocco had claimed that the leader of the Sahrawi independence movement, supported by Algeria, traveled last April in a "fraudulent way with Algerian identity and a forged passport" to go to Spain and be treated in Logroño (North) after contracting Covid-19.

However, Rabat adds, Mr. Ghali, is being prosecuted by the Spanish justice system for several charges, including rape, torture, and human rights violations.

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