Spain’s decision to become the leader of Polisario Front Ghali without telling Rabat has strained relations between the two countries.
Morocco has urged Spain to investigate how an independent leader from Western Sahara has come to the country for medical treatment and told Rabat.
Madrid should explain “the circumstances, circumstances and relationships that led to the man’s fraudulent use of false documents and information,” Foreign Minister Fouad Yazourh said on Saturday.
Spain’s decision to become the leader of the Polisario Front Brahim Ghali did not tell Rabat about using Morocco’s so-called travel documents issued by Algeria under false name, has angered Rabat, who sees Western Sahara as part of Morocco.
The Algerian-backed Polisario Front is seeking the country’s independence. Last year, it called for a resumption of hostilities waged by the United Nations that disrupted the war in 1991, despite limited evidence.
In December, the United States recognized Morocco’s response to Western Sahara in an agreement that included Rabat to strengthen ties with Israel.
On Monday, Morocco was seen re-establishing borders on the Spanish border with North Africa at Ceuta, which led to thousands of people crossing into European soil.
Rabat later criticized cross-border crossings and tired border guards, though experts said it appeared to be linked to a mediator dispute between Madrid.
Ghali is facing a Spanish court in a war-torn case against him. However, the Spanish Supreme Court has rejected the appeal.
Morocco is reminding its ambassador to Spain for questioning this week and on Friday said relations between the two countries could be strengthened if Ghali left Spain without trial.
In April, Morocco summoned the Spanish ambassador to express “outrage” at Ghali’s admission to Spain. The Spanish foreign ministry said at the time it was allowed to enter the country “for personal gain”.