The EU Parliamentary Group "Peace for Western Sahara" holds meeting in light of corruption issues and Morocco's involvement in what has become known as Maroc-Gate

Strasbourg, January 18, 2023 (SPS) - The European Parliamentary Group of Solidarity with the Sahrawi People held a meeting in the European Parliament, chaired by Mr. Andreas Scheider, and in the presence of a member of the Polisario Front’s representation in Europe, Mr. Bassiri Moulay El Hassan.

The meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the public session of the European Parliament, held in Strasbourg between January 16 and 20, 2023, dealt in particular with Morocco's involvement in corruption scandals within the European Parliament, or what has become known as Maroc Gate, where members of the parliamentary group confirmed that the policy of bribery and the role of the Moroccan pressure groups within the European Parliament had a clear role in the European Parliament’s boycott of decisions related to human rights in Western Sahara, as well as in passing illegal agreements between the EU and Morocco, which included Western Sahara lands and territorial waters.

The EU Parliamentary Group "Peace for Western Sahara" stressed the need to conduct an investigation into Morocco's involvement, especially with regard to the suspicious vote on the fishing and trade agreement that included Western Sahara, in light of the clear rulings of the European Court of Justice in this regard.

Mrs. Ana Miranda, Vice President of the Group, submitted a presentation on the participation of a delegation of the Parliamentary Group in the work of the 16th Congress of the Polisario Front, stressing that the message of the Sahrawi people and their political leadership centered on intensifying efforts at all levels to grab the Sahrawi people right to self-determination and independence.

The meeting also focused on evaluating the initiatives and activities that have been undertaken during the recent period. Mr. Bassiri Moulay El Hassan, member of the Polisario Front's representation in Europe, presented briefing on the latest developments of the Sahrawi issue at the national, regional and international levels, especially with regard to the continuation of the war in Western Sahara, once again, the UN Security Council failed to respond to the seriousness of the situation on the ground.

It is worth noting that the meeting concluded with developing an action strategy during the next week, in light of the developments taking place in the European Parliament in light of the exposure of corruption scandals, or what is now known as Maroc-Gate.

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