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Official at Moroccan Embassy in Saint Lucia, Victim of Assault by Director-General of Algeria's Foreign Ministry

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Deputy head of mission at the Moroccan embassy in Castries (Saint Lucia), Mohamed Ali El Khamlichi, was the victim of an assault by director-general of the Algerian Foreign Ministry, Soufiane Mimouni, said on Friday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Official at Moroccan Embassy in Saint Lucia, Victim of Assault by Director-General of Algeria's Foreign Ministry
19 May 2017

This aggression took place yesterday, Thursday May 18th, during the "UN Seminar on Non-Self-Governing Territories," held in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines since May 15th, the Ministry said in a statement.

At a time when several countries supported the participation of the legitimately elected representatives of the populations of the Kingdom’s southern provinces, the Algerian official attacked the Moroccan diplomat in a state of hysteria, in the presence of delegations from participating countries and the UN secretariat, the same source said.

El Khamlichi was taken to the hospital to receive the necessary treatment, the statement said, adding that a complaint, along with a detailed medical report, was lodged by the victim with the local police, against Soufiane Mimouni.

This aggressive attitude indicates the extreme nervousness of Algerian diplomacy as a result of recent developments in the Moroccan Sahara issue, notably the return of Morocco to the AU, the latest Security Council resolution, the outcome of the Guergarat crisis and the provisions of the US federal budget for fiscal year 2017.

This attitude also reflects the inability of the Algerian diplomat to counter the convincing legal and political arguments in favor of the participation of the elected representatives of the Kingdom’s southern provinces, as legitimate representatives of the populations of the region, the statement said.

Last modified : 19 May 2017

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