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Date of posting : November 18, 2017

Autonomy Initiative in Sahara Generates Positive Momentum Internationally

 The autonomy initiative in the southern provinces of Morocco has generated positive momentum at the international level, said minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.

Autonomy Initiative in Sahara Generates Positive Momentum Internationally (FM)
17 November 2017
The Moroccan initiative, which enjoys the support of the United States, France and Spain and several countries and organizations, including the Non-Aligned Movement, has been positively welcomed internationally because it constitutes the basis of any solution to this conflict, as part of Morocco’s sovereignty and its national and territorial unity, said Bourita in an interview with Bahraini daily +Al Bilad+.
The Security Council resolutions on the Sahara issue are clear and underline the credibility and significance of the Moroccan autonomy initiative, and highlight Morocco’s efforts to find a solution to this regional conflict, he said.
In this regard, he recalled that more than 40 countries expressed, at the last session of the UN General Assembly, their support for the Moroccan initiative, noting that Morocco has consolidated its position vis-à-vis the question of the Sahara through several indices and at several levels, notably within international and regional organizations, in addition to the stances of influential players.
He underlined the decline in the number of countries that recognized the pseudo +RASD+, which fells from 80 States during the 1990s to 30 currently.
“Morocco aims at resolving a regional conflict with a neighboring State, namely Algeria,” he went on, stressing the need for this country, which is a party involved in this dispute, to assume its responsibility to find a solution.
Regarding Morocco’s return to the African Union, Bourita recalled the historic speech of HM King Mohammed VI before the leaders of the African Union, last January, noting that the Sovereign had specified that Morocco did not leave Africa, but rather an African institution and in particular historical circumstances.
He pointed out that the Sovereign visited several African countries (about 30 countries during 50 visits) and that the Kingdom developed, thanks to HM the King’s vision, an effective strategy advocating South-South cooperation with the continent, which has enabled it today to become the first African investor in Africa.
On Morocco’s relations with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the minister stressed that the long-standing partnership between Morocco and the countries of this grouping is based on solid foundations, characterized by the strong personal relations between HM the King and his brothers the Kings and Emirs of the GCC States, in addition to the real solidarity ties and the convergence of views between Morocco and these countries on a number of issues.
Concerning the fight against terrorism, Bourita stressed that Morocco adopts, thanks the vision of the Sovereign, a comprehensive and efficient approach to deal with this scourge, based on economic, security, military and religious aspects.
The minister also highlighted Morocco’s support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, noting that the Palestinian cause is Morocco’s second cause after the issue of the Kingdom’s territorial integrity.
In this regard, he said that HM the King, Chairman of the Al Quds Committee, is making great efforts to protect the historical and religious identity of the city of Al Quds.
Bourita also praised the “special and distinguished” ties linking Morocco and Bahrain, especially between the two countries’ leaders, HM King Mohammed VI and King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa.
These relations, he went on, are based on a “sincere fraternity “and a “tangible solidarity” between the two States in all areas, but which need to be developed, particularly between Moroccan and Bahraini intellectuals and businessmen.