Turkey threatens Morocco by supporting Sahrawi separatist groups

Turkey flag in Bosphorus and Sultanahmed Camii

Several media outlets pro-Muslim Brotherhood, linked to Qatar, announced that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet shortly the King Mohammed VI of Morocco. The forthcoming summit will discuss bilateral ties between Rabat and Ankara and the important role of the Kingdom important” in the Islamic world, the African continent, and the Mediterranean region, for the neo-colonial project of Erdogan in the region.

A delegation of Turkish officials visited Morocco last week probably to prepare for Erdogan’s mission. The bilateral talks the two leaders will focus on the situation in Libya in light of recent developments. Libya is a direct threat to Moroccan security and stability and Erdogan is the main sponsor of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj.From December 2019 until today, Erdogan transferred to Libya thousands of Syrian mercenaries, including jihadists, which also pose a threat to neighboring countries. It’s clear that the Al-Wefaq Government’s decision in Libya is under the Turkish and Muslim Brotherhood’s political control.

Ankara will use the Morocco’s desire to obtain recognition of its sovereignty over the Sahara. In 1975, Spain abandoned its colonies in North Africa, with the exception of the territories of Ceuta and Melilla. Morocco stepped in to claim sovereignty over Western Sahara, a territory nearly its size on its southern border. The Polisario, a politico-military organisation first created to fight off Spain, opposed Morocco’s claim. The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) was proclaimed in 1976 by the Polisario to embody its independence project. While the SADR is not an internationally recognised state, it continues to symbolically represent the Sahrawis’ self-determination endeavour.

King Mohammed VI should be afraid of Turkey’s ambitions in Moroccan desert in exchange for supporting the Moroccan political offering as Erdogan is working to blackmail Morocco if they latter refuses to expand the scope of Turkish activity in the desert. This was made clear when, at the end of 2019,a state Turkish television channel broadcasted an interview with Sahrawi separatist Aminatou Haidar, dubbed as the “Ghandi of Western Sahara.”

Morocco considers Western Sahara an integral part of the kingdom and has offered autonomy, but not an independence referendum.Moroccan media lashed out at Turkey for using Haidar as blackmail few days after Morocco’s Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy announced that the North African kingdom called for a readjustment of the terms of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which was signed between Morocco and Turkey in 2004 but has not been activated until 2016.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, blackmailing or trying to bend Morocco’s will by titling it on the issue of its territorial integrity, tries to leverage the Muslim brotherhood, circulating through the media those few Moroccans in adoration of some Turkish leaders. This explains the arrest of Suleiman Al-Risuni, nephew of Ahmad al-Risuni, head of the International Council of Muslim Scholars, and the possibility of diminishing Brotherhood influence in Morocco.

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