Morocco Warns Euro­pean Union Over Trade Deal

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Ra­bat: Morocco’s gov­ern­ment on Mon­day warned the Euro­pean Union that its fail­ure to fully im­ple­ment an agri­cul­ture deal with Ra­bat would have se­vere con­se­quences and could spur il­le­gal mi­gra­tion. The North African na­tion and the Euro­pean Union signed in 2012 a multi-mil­lioneuro fish­ing and agri­cul­ture trade agree­ment. Two years later the deal was quashed by a Euro­pean court after a chal­lenge from the Polis­ario Front which seeks in­de­pen­dence for the dis­puted ter­ri­tory of Western Sa­hara. But the EU’s top court over­turned that ver­dict in De­cem­ber 2016, set­ting the stage for the re­in­state­ment of the agree­ment. Morocco’s agri­cul­ture and fish­eries min­istry said in a state­ment on Mon­day that the last rul­ing “in all logic con­firms the (2012) trade pro­to­col which must be fully im­ple­mented”. AFP

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