An Iranian government official stated that his country has received orders for military drones from twenty two countries which includes Algeria too. His statement confirms that Polisario Front is trying to get drones from Iran via Algeria which they will employ in increasing their operations.
Earlier, a leader from Polisario Front told his supporters that the insurgent group will purchase Iranian drones which it will use to commit violence against Morocco’s military.
Support for Morocco in the West
The representative of Morocco at the UN, Omar Hilale had also warned that Polisario will employ drones bought from Iran and his country will not sit quietly when Algeria uses them against it. In fact, Morocco is raising alarm for the last four years about Iran’s efforts to interfere in its internal affairs.
Morocco also cut all ties with Iran as its proxies were providing training and weapons to the Polisario Front with the help of Algeria.
Now, Morocco’s autonomy plan, which calls for a permanent political solution of the Western Sahara conflict, was submitted to the UN in 2007. According to it, the disputed territory of Western Sahara would have legislative, judicial, and constitutional powers and a sovereign government would run the affairs.
The verdicts of the judiciary would be independent and not politically motivated. The administration can levy taxes and have a separate budget. While the flag and currency would be of Morocco, which would have authority over the security and foreign affairs domains.
Morocco’s autonomy plan received widespread backing from all over the world. Powerful nations commended it for recognizing that peace, dissent, and freedom are necessary for resolving the decades-long. Leaders said that it is a sincere, far-sighted, and courageous step in the direction which is needed to avert further tragedy in Western Sahara.
Countries like Belgium supported the plan, calling it “a good basis for a solution accepted by the parties”.
While the Defense Minister of Spain added that its plan is important for the entire Mediterranean region and emphasized that it is credible and realistic. Similarly, Burundi advocated for Morocco and reiterated that the plan would lead to a secure future.
Algeria’s retaliation backfired
In response to this, Algeria decided to do something, hoping that it will receive support from other countries. It hosted the Arab summit, expecting to receive backing from the Arabs which turned out to be a major failure as none of the leaders attended it.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Jordan and Lebanon boycotted the event. The absence of Arab countries highlighted the failure of Algeria’s foreign policy and exposed its diplomacy.
One of the reasons why Middle Eastern countries have severed relations with Algeria is because it is backed by Iran.
Iran is also giving training and funding to the Polisario Front; therefore, the Arab nations will start supporting forces loyal to Rabat.
In the backdrop of Iran’s support for Algeria, the Arab Group decided to foil Algeria’s—Polisario plans. Saudi Arab vowed to strengthen its relations with Morocco and also backed its Autonomy plan.
The Western Sahara dispute will further get complicated with the entry of these nations. Resultantly, Algeria will become a battleground for Arab world and Iran, and it will realize afterwards that it was fighting another party’s fight thinking it of as its own.