Journalist Mustapha Tousa confirmed that France's recognition of the Moroccan Sahara would give a new breath to relations between Rabat and Paris.
Mr. Toussa, who was a guest on "Le Scan", a news podcast by "Tel Quel" magazine, stressed that the recognition by France of Morocco's sovereignty over its Sahara would constitute a "strategic" decision that would give a new dimension to the dialogue between the two countries.
The journalist and political analyst explained that, “After the recognition of the Moroccan Sahara by the United States of America, and at a time when the initiative for the autonomy of the southern regions enjoys broad support from many countries, such as Spain and Germany, France is still lagging behind on this issue.”
In this regard, he considered that the French Republic is therefore required to officially recognize Morocco's sovereignty over its Sahara, noting that this initiative will have a "decisive impact on the general position of the European Union on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara."
Given the developments on the Moroccan Sahara, the speaker adds, Emmanuel Macron, the newly re-elected French president, will be in a position to take the optimal decision and explain to the Algerian regime that the autonomy initiative proposed by Morocco constitutes the "only permanent and peaceful solution" to the conflict over the Moroccan Sahara.
The journalist also stressed that the recognition of the Moroccan Sahara by the French Republic would further stimulate bilateral relations and strengthen joint projects in the Maghreb and in Africa.
Regarding France’s decision to halve the number of visas granted to Maghreb countries, Mr. Toussa highlighted the special context in which this measure was taken, recalling that the decision came at a time when the French President was facing two far-right leaders, Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen, who exploited the issue of immigration.
He stressed that returning to the normal situation at the present time is very important, noting that canceling this measure "will contribute to the restoration of relations between France and the Maghreb countries, which will allow for a stronger human exchange between the two shores of the Mediterranean."
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