The last thing Tunisia needs today is to take an incomprehensible position on the Moroccan-Algerian conflict over the Sahara issue, and to abandon the choice of reason and interest that was established and established by the late Habib Bourguiba.
The last useful visitor to Tunisia, which is struggling on the fronts of the constitution, politics, social, national and economic stability, is Ibrahim Ghali, “leader of the Polisario Front”, to participate in the meetings of the “Tokyo International Symposium on Development in Africa”.
What happened next is less than self-evident. Morocco summoned its ambassador in Tunisia for consultations, suspended his participation in the work of the summit, and a war of statements erupted, and Tunisia plunged into an issue that is considered in Morocco today as “beyond the red line.” It is, paradoxically, an issue that, due to the efficiency of Moroccan diplomacy, has the support and support of an Arab, regional and international political group, which also constitutes the same group that is lining up with Tunisia in its battle to protect and strengthen the national state in the face of all adventurers in its future, the last of which is the “Brotherhood” organization. So what is Tunisia’s interest in the “presidential reception” of Mr. Ghali, and in the Bourguibi legacy? Algeria itself aspires to a solution far below the ceiling expressed by the Tunisian move.
The late president and founder of modern Tunisia was recommending to his people to preserve the country’s relations with Morocco and Egypt, in order to balance sane and calm with Tunisia’s cautious relations with Algeria and Libya. Neutrality, regarding the Sahara issue, was the focus of the political position protecting Tunisia’s relations with its surroundings, and the foundation for the safety of its interests, in the minefield of identities and geography in North Africa.
The strangest thing about the Tunisian step is the political timing after the speech of the King of Morocco, King Mohammed VI, less than two weeks ago, on the occasion of the anniversary of the “Revolution of the King and the People.” The King of Morocco chose to commemorate the struggle against French colonialism, to call on his country’s partners who do not clearly support Rabat’s position on the conflict in the Sahara to “clarify their positions.” In it is the sincerity of friendships and the efficiency of partnerships.
No one wants to believe that Ghali’s presidential reception is Tunisia’s answer to the standard of friendship and relations set by the King of Morocco, after he extracted in 2020 an American recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara and support for the “Sahara autonomy” initiative within Morocco’s territorial integrity, a position later joined by countries Others such as Spain and Germany.
In his most important and clear speech, the King singled out specific countries with thanks: Jordan, Bahrain, the UAE, Djibouti and the Comoros, which opened consulates in Laayoune (the largest governorate of the desert) and the city of Dakhla. and Yemen,” noting that “40 percent of African countries belong to five regional countries that have opened consulates in Laayoune and Dakhla,” as well as countries from Latin America and the Caribbean.
So how, after this political map drawn by the King of Morocco’s speech on the developments of the Sahara file, Morocco comes what it came from Tunisia… Morocco stood by the aspirations of the Tunisians, unconditionally, deliberately broadcasting signals of support and friendship far beyond what can be found in the archives of diplomacy Moroccan. After the election of Kais Saied as President of the Republic of Tunisia, King Mohammed VI not only sent a message to President Said, but also sent a delegation to the inauguration ceremony of the president at Carthage Palace, a delegation consisting of the presidents of the House of Representatives and the advisors at the time, Habib El Malki and Hakim Benchmash. However, what is most striking and steadfast in the memory of Tunisians is the scene of the Moroccan monarch, during his visit to Tunisia in 2014, taking pictures with Tunisian citizens on Habib Bourguiba Street. Tunisia was at that time surrounded by anxiety about its future, which loomed on the horizon of the specter of terrorism, and King Mohammed VI was the first Arab leader to visit the neighbor after the first sparks of the Arab Spring, deliberately extending the visit and allocating his stay in Tunisia for entertainment and tourism.
During the Corona pandemic and one of its mutations that affected Tunisia, Morocco was among the first lines of defense, as the king ordered urgent medical aid to be sent via an air bridge, in addition to the establishment of a field hospital in the Tunisian region of Manouba and two recovery clinics with a capacity of 100 beds.
There are those who are still stubborn in history and geography, and refuse to acknowledge the fact that Morocco has succeeded in presenting a respectable success story at the level of building a successful national state, living the language of the times, and touching its aspirations away from the fanaticism and ideologies of the last century. A country that does this despite the continuous challenges that will not stop, and it wants it as a credit for it and for everyone who wants to benefit from it without national, leftist or Islamic beliefs, and with constant thinking outside boxes and boxes.
Tunisia today does not need to be dragged into a game of stubbornness, or dragged into trenches, that do not serve the interest of the country and its people.