France: the end of the visa crisis with Morocco

This was announced by the French Foreign Minister; Catherine Colonna, in official visit to Rabat, said today, Friday, the end of the visa crisis that has been troubling diplomatic relations between Morocco and France for more than a year.

“We have taken steps, with our Moroccan partners, to return to full cooperation in the field of migration,” Colonna said in a joint press conference with his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, after the talks between them.

He explained that this decision “has entered in force since last Monday”, expressing his “happiness”.

Relations between the two traditional allies have cooled down in recent months, especially after the decision by Paris in September 2021 to halve the number of visas granted to Morocco and Algeria, justifying it with the refusal of the two countries to resume in loading the irregular migrants that Paris wants to expel . This decision, which Rabat described as “unjustified” at the time, sparked indignation in the Kingdom, condemned by human rights activists, intellectuals and media locals.

For its part, said the Moroccan foreign minister, “Morocco has refrained from officially commenting on those measures (reduction in the number of visas) which have been taken unilaterally by the French authorities out of respect for its sovereignty, and of course there have been reactions popular by the interested persons’.

“Even today the decision to return to normal is a unilateral decision that Morocco respects, and we will not comment on it officially (…) but it is moving in the right direction,” he added.