First Published: 2016-12-26

Moroccan Foreign Ministry rejects Istiqlal Party leaders claims on Mauritania
Foreign Affairs Ministry criticises Chabats statement that manifestly lack restraint, maturity, after he called Mauritania a Moroccan territory.
Middle East Online

Hamid Chabat in trouble

LONDON The Moroccan Foreign Affairs Ministry has flatly rejected the statements made by the Istiqlal Partys Secretary General Hamid Chabat concerning Mauritanias territorial integrity, according to a statement issued by the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).

A communiqu released Monday by the Foreign Affairs Ministry said that it flatly rejects these statements which undermine relations with a brotherly neighbouring country and show a real ignorance of the Moroccan diplomacys orientations, laid by the King, and which advocate good neighbourliness, solidarity and cooperation with the sister nation of Mauritania.

Chabat sparked controversy this week when he called Mauritania a Moroccan territory, saying that Moroccos borders extend from Ceuta in the north to the Senegal river in the south.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry officially declared its full respect for the known and recognized borders, under the international law, of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and its territorial integrity, said the communiqu.

Morocco is confident that the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, its president, government and people, will give no importance to this kind of statements which are prejudicial only to the person making them, it added.

The Ministry criticised Chabats statement that manifestly lack restraint and maturity, embraces the same logic adopted by the enemies of Moroccos territorial integrity who are fighting its legitimate return to its Institutional African family.

 

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