Morocco bans EU fishing vessels

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Morocco has ordered foreign fishing boats operating in its waters under an EU deal to leave immediately.

The moves comes after the European Parliament voted not to extend a deal under which the EU paid Morocco for access to its fish stocks.

MEPs said the deal was illegal as it did not benefit the people living in the disputed Western Sahara, off which most of the fishing took place.

The ministry said the parliament’s decision was “regrettable”.

In a statement, it said the move could have “serious consequences for co-operation between Morocco and the European Union in fishing”.

The EU – Morocco’s largest trading partner – had been paying 36m euros (