The Polisario could not be an observer country in the Ibero-American grouping. This was announced by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares.
Indeed, during the 28th Ibero-American summit in the Dominican Republic, the Colombian president, Gustavo Petro, asked that the “SADR” – Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic – be granted the status of observer member in the Ibero-American grouping, reports the Spanish media notimerica . However, this request was rejected by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, who recalled that this status is reserved for states duly recognized by the United Nations.
In a subsequent statement to reporters, Petro clarified that this was not a direct message to Spain, but to all member countries, namely the 22 Latin American countries, Spain and Portugal.
It should be noted that Morocco is an observer member of the Ibero-American grouping since 2010. This grouping was created in 1991 with the aim of strengthening ties between member countries and promoting political, economic and cultural cooperation.
As an observer member, Morocco is involved in the activities of the grouping, including ministerial meetings and Ibero-American summits. Morocco has participated in several summits since joining as an observer member, such as the Cadiz Summit in 2012, the Veracruz Summit in 2014 and the Cartagena Summit in 2016.