Foreign Ministry On Spain’s EP Resolution: The Student-Teacher Era Is Well Dead And Buried (Communiqué)

“No one in Europe can question the quality of the partnership between the European Union and Morocco in all fields, including migration”.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates said, today Friday, that the resolution approved by the European Parliament on June 10, 2021, “does not change in any way the political nature of the bilateral crisis between Morocco and Spain.”

In a communiqué to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Morocco expressed its refusal to use the European Parliament as a tool in this bilateral crisis between the two countries, stressing that this would be counterproductive and would not contribute to finding a solution.

Moreover, the communiqué stated that attempts to Europeanize this crisis are useless and do not change in any way its purely bilateral nature, its deep causes, and Spain’s constant responsibility for its outbreak, reiterating that “the era of the teacher and the student is over”.

The communiqué also stressed that including the European Parliament in this crisis is counterproductive. Far from contributing to finding a solution, it falls within the logic of short-sighted political bidding; as “this maneuver, which aims to divert the discussion from the deep causes of the crisis, does not fool anyone.”

In a related context, the Moroccan Foreign Ministry highlighted that “no one in Europe can question the quality of the partnership between the European Union and Morocco in all fields, including migration”, and that the decision “contradicts Morocco’s model record regarding cooperation in the field of migration with the European Union.”

Moreover, the communiqué stated that “those who are trying to criticize Morocco in this field are the same ones who are actually benefiting from its tangible and daily results.”

The communiqué concluded that, since 2017, cooperation in the field of migration has made it possible to abort more than 14,000 illegal immigration attempts, dismantle 5,000 smuggling networks, rescue more than 80,500 migrants at sea and prevent countless intrusion attempts.

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