Morocco's foreign minister threw cold water on an EU plan to build offshore centers to process migrants in North Africa, saying claims of a migration "crisis" are overblown.
"Morocco is generally opposed to all kinds of centers," Nasser Bourita told German newspaper Die Welt in an interview published Wednesday. "This is part of our migration policy and a national sovereign position."
It would be "too easy to claim this is a Moroccan responsibility," he said, adding that the policy is counterproductive and claiming financial help from the EU would not change his country's position.
European leaders remain deeply divided about how to manage migration.