Sahara Issue: France Reaffirms Support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan (Joint Declaration)

France reaffirmed Thursday its support for the autonomy plan submitted by Morocco to settle the dispute over the Sahara and considers it as "a serious and credible basis for a negotiated political solution”.

In the Joint Declaration issued at the end of the France-Morocco High Level Meeting, held in Paris under the chairmanship of the Head of Government, Saad Dine El Otmani, and French PM Edouard Philippe, "France commends the serious and credible efforts made by Morocco to move forward towards a settlement of the Sahara issue” and "reiterates its support for the search of a just, lasting, mutually acceptable and compromise-based political solution, under the aegis of the United Nations and in accordance with Security Council resolutions."

In this context, "France backs the autonomy plan submitted by Morocco in 2007 as a serious and credible basis for a negotiated political solution", the source said.

In addition, the two Heads of Government reiterated "their determination to further strengthen cooperation in the multilateral system to promote peace and security, sustainable development, the rule of law, cultural diversity and multilingualism".

"This commitment will be reflected in particular on the occasion of the second Ministerial Conference on Peacekeeping in the French-speaking area to be held in Rabat and which the two countries will co-chair on 23-24 April, 2020," the Declaration pointed out.

The 14th France-Morocco high-level meeting, held within the framework of the exceptional friendship between France and Morocco, enabled the two countries to take stock of their bilateral relations in the political, economic and cultural areas.

The meeting was attended by large official French and Moroccan delegations.

This High Level Meeting, which was preceded by a bilateral meeting between the two heads of government, helped to give new impetus to the strategic, multidimensional and exceptional partnership between the two countries and to strengthen bilateral political dialogue.

The meeting was also marked by the signing of nine bilateral cooperation agreements in different areas.