Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Eddin El Othmani considered Thursday that Guerguerat is an important international crossing, stressing that his country has finally settled the issue and will not be closed again.
In a speech during the government council meeting, Othmani said that the crossing is no longer only a Moroccan national, and it does not concern Moroccans alone or Mauritania alone, but rather a road that concerns international trade, including the trade of European countries to a number of African countries.
He added that King Mohammed VI took the decisive decision at the appropriate time to correct the situation by interfering with the Royal Armed Forces in a non-combat manner and establishing a security belt, which ultimately settled the matter.
The Moroccan prime minister stated that “securing the crossing has brought about a strategic shift, knowing that the separatists have always exploited it against Morocco and against its interests, and they stir up problems with it and confuse the Moroccan file, especially with the approaching meetings of the Security Council to issue its annual decision.”
It is noteworthy that, last Saturday, Morocco announced the resumption of transport with Mauritania through the Guerguerat crossing, following a move by the Moroccan army that ended the closure of the crossing by pro-Polisario since October 21 last.