Iran's attempts to position itself in North Africa, one of the reasons behind the US recognition of Morocco's sovereignty over its Sahara (former ambassador)

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Iran's attempts to position itself in North Africa, one of the reasons behind the US recognition of Morocco's sovereignty over its Sahara (former ambassador)

Rabat - Iran's attempts to expand its influence in North Africa are one of the reasons that pushed the United States to recognize Morocco's sovereignty over its Sahara, said Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador to the Nations United.


Quoted by the news site “le360.ma”, Mr. Gold, who is also president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, explained that “the security challenges facing Morocco and Moroccans come first from the former Spanish colony in the Sahara with a guerrilla movement supported by Algeria, but also by Iran which seeks to position itself in the region ”.


In 2018, Morocco unveiled Iranian documents attesting that Tehran is arming and training the Polisario through Lebanese Hezbollah and Iran has been shown to provide SAM-9 and SAM-11 missiles to the separatists, Mr. Gold, adding that Morocco had frozen diplomatic relations with Iran, especially when it was revealed that cooperation with the Polisario was done with the cover of the Iranian embassy in Algiers.


“The Iranians have also led attempts to convert Sunni Africans to Shiism, which has exacerbated relations between Tehran and a good number of Sunni countries”, he noted.


“During these episodes, there was a series of lessons for the West. First, it was clear that the Polisario, far from being a national liberation movement deserving of global support, was an organization that has no problem forging links with the terrorist network set up by Iran in Middle East and Africa ”, indicated Mr. Gold in a column published Monday in the columns of the newspaper + Israel Hayom +.


He further indicated that when the Polisario decided to work with Iran, a decision was taken to recognize Morocco's sovereignty over the Sahara, stressing that it is a “decision that makes sense, perfectly ”.

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