Mauritanian Minister: Relations with Morocco are normal
“Relations with Morocco are normal.” Remarks the Mauritanian Minister for Relations with Parliament and Spokesman of the Government, Mohamed Lemine Ould Cheikh, during a press conference held yesterday in Nouakchott. The official denied all reports of a crisis with the kingdom “on economic, political and military levels,” he assured before an audience of journalists.
This is his response to a question on the presence of units of the Royal Armed Forces near the Mauritanian border. The tone very diplomatic of Cheikh Ould seeks to defuse the tension between Rabat and Nouakchott rising for nearly four years. Indeed, relations between the two capitals have not reached a level as tense, which is reminiscent of the presidency of Colonel Ould Khouna Haidallah (January 1980-December 1984).
Ould Abdel Aziz denies the opening of an embassy of the Polisario
Thus, the Mauritanian president refuses to date the opening of an embassy of the Polisario. Demand was also at the heart of discussions of 11 August between President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and M’Hamed Khadad, the Front coordinator with MINURSO, Nouakchott. For the record, Mauritania recognizes “SADR” since the signing of the Algiers Agreement of 5 August 1979. “A Saudi mediation would have convinced the president not to make such a decision”, says a source close to the matter. Riyadh does not want an escalation between the two allies in the Maghreb region.
A gesture that adds the publication by Mauritanian media of the appointment of a new charge d’affaires at the embassy in Nouakchott in Rabat. The lucky winner would be Hamed Ould Sidi Mahmoud who was in the chancellery of his country in Berlin. One who is still in office in Rabat, Ahmadou Ould Bah, should retire, added the same sources.
Furthermore, Mauritania has refrained to comment on the Moroccan involvement in the Guerguerate buffer.