New French Foreign Minister seeks stronger ties with Morocco

Newly appointed French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné. / Ph. AFP
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Newly appointed French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné, in office since January 12th, is extending an olive branch to Morocco. He emphasized his commitment to «invest in the Franco-Moroccan relationship and write a new chapter» in an interview with Ouest-France. «I will do everything to bring France and Morocco closer together in the coming weeks and months», he pledged.

Regarding Western Sahara, Séjourné reiterated France's longstanding support for the Moroccan autonomy plan, stressing the need for progress. He acknowledged «contacts» have occurred with Moroccan officials since his appointment. Notably, Karim Amellal, considered close to President Macron, visited Morocco in late January.

However, some in Morocco view Séjourné with suspicion. He was reportedly involved in a 2022 European Parliament resolution calling for the release of imprisoned journalists in Morocco, prompting accusations of «condemnation» from Moroccan officials.

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