Morocco: Algeria complicit in meddling in Moroccan affairs

A street sign is posted at the entrance of the embassy of Iran in Rabat, Morocco, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Morocco will sever diplomatic ties with Iran over Tehran’s support for the Polisario Front, a Western Sahara independence movement, the Moroccan foreign minister said on Tuesday. (AP/Mosa’ab Elshamy)
Updated 03 May 2018

Morocco: Algeria complicit in meddling in Moroccan affairs

LONDON: Morrocco has increased the pressure on Algeria Wednesday as it accused its government of being complicit with its allies, Polisario and Hezbollah in trying to meedle in Rabat national security.  Moroccan sources from ministry of foreign affairs said that they understand Algiers need to stand by Polisario, Hezbollah and Iran. 

Morocco's Foreign Ministry issued a second communique explaining the reasons behind severing its ties with Iran. The statement said, Rabat has shared unequivocal proof with Tehran, showing that its Lebanese militia Hezbollah has been organising training, as well as weapons supply to Polisario militants. The statement added that Iran's Ambassador in Algiers was responsible for organizing guerilla warfare training and supply of weapons to the Polisario secessionists.

Algeria's foreign ministry issued a statement calling Morocco's accusations unfounded, denying all allegations made about Iran and Lebanese militia Hezbollah's support to Polisario. 

Earlier Wednesday, Tehran denied that it was involved in a weapons delivery to the Polisario Front movement seeking independence for Western Sahara after Morocco cut diplomatic ties with Tehran over the allegations.
“Remarks attributed to the foreign minister of Morocco about cooperation between an Iranian diplomat and the Polisario Front” in Western Sahara are “false,” Iran’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
Rabat on Tuesday cut diplomatic ties with Iran, accusing the Islamic republic of using its ally Hezbollah to deliver weapons to the Polisario Front.

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said “a first shipment of weapons was recently” sent to the Algerian-backed Polisario Front via an “element” at the Iranian embassy in Algiers.
He said Rabat had “irrefutable proof” of Hezbollah’s involvement and said ties were being cut with Tehran in response to Iran “allying itself with” the Polisario.
Hezbollah quickly rejected Rabat’s accusations, blaming the decision on foreign “pressure.”
Riyadh on Wednesday said it “stood by” Rabat’s decision to sever ties with Tehran and “strongly condemns the Iranian interference in Morocco’s internal affairs.”
Morocco maintains that Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony under its control, is an integral part of the kingdom, while the Polisario Front backed by Algeria demands a referendum on self-determination.


Germany warns dual nationals off Iran travel after arrest

Updated 23 November 2020

Germany warns dual nationals off Iran travel after arrest

BERLIN: Germany has warned citizens who also hold Iranian nationality against travelling to Iran after a dual national was arrested in October.
The foreign ministry did not name the detained citizen, but she has been identified as Nahid Taghavi by her daughter Mariam Claren.
"There have been several arrests of German-Iranian dual nationals in the past -- including most recently in October 2020, often without comprehensible reasons," said the German foreign ministry in an online update of its travel warning.
"Further detentions of people who also possess Iranian citizenship cannot be ruled out," it added, stressing therefore that "unnecessary travel by people who are also Iranian nationals is strongly discouraged".

 


Taghavi is a 66-year-old architect, who is reportedly being held in solitary detention in Iran.
Her daughter Claren said she has had no access to her since October 15, a day before she was believed to have been arrested.
Human rights group IGFM said Taghavi should be viewed as a political prisoner because she has for years been fighting for human rights in Iran, in particular for women's rights and freedom of expression.