Fri. May 24th, 2024

Tension between Tunis and Rabat risks affecting economic ties

The support Kais Saied gave to the Polisario separatists could cause diplomatic tensions between Rabat & Tunis. This could result in economic ties between both countries.

Assabah Moroccan media noted that Rabat could reconsider the Free Trade Agreement if Tunisia insists upon its tacit support of the Algeria-backed Polisario militias.

Morocco recalls its ambassador to consultations and decides not to attend the Japan Africa summit TICAD. The Tunisian president unilaterally invited Tunisian chief Brahim Ghali to a reception.

Tunisia is at greater risk if there is a review of the free-trade agreement, as it exports more from Morocco than it imports.

Last year, Morocco imported 2.280 trillion dirhams from Tunisia. It also exported 1.296 trillion dirhams. That is a 50% deficit.

Morocco was the first importer to Tunisian date ahead of Italy, with 20,000 tons.

The Moroccan political class and ordinary citizens condemned the provocation by the Tunisian presidency of the feelings of Moroccans when President Kais Saied offered a state’s welcome to Ghali putting an end to Tunisia’s neutrality on the conflict opposing Rabat to Algiers.

In his latest speech, King Mohammed VI of Morocco stated that the Sahara is a benchmark to determine the sincerity or efficiency of partnerships.

Morocco has been taking a firm stand against countries, including those from global powers like Germany, that violate its territorial integrity and sovereignty over Sahara.

As Tunisia’s economic and financial independence erodes, so does its foreign policy. The country is now perceived as a vassal state serving Algeria’s schemes in the region.

Tunisia under President Kais Saied prefers to join a group of failed states that swim in Algeria’s orbit at a time global powers including the US, Germany, Israel and most of Africa and the Arab World recognize the Sahara as Moroccan.

Source: north africa post

By Chala Dandessa

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