Sahara Issue Tops Priorities of National Diplomacy (FM)

 The Moroccan Sahara issue remains at the top of the priorities of national diplomacy, reaffirmed, Thursday in Rabat, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad Nasser Bourita.

In a presentation to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Islamic Affairs and Moroccans Abroad at the House of Representatives, during the examination of the sector draft budget of his department for the year 2021, Bourita indicated that in the exceptional context imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the issue of the Moroccan Sahara remains at the top of the priorities of national diplomacy, stressing that Morocco is continuing to adopt a policy of clarity and firmness concerning the national cause, by asserting that a final political solution can only take place under certain fundamental parameters.


These parameters are based on the total sovereignty of the Kingdom over its Sahara and the autonomy initiative as the only solution to this artificial dispute, the full participation of all parties in the search for a final solution, the full respect for the principles and parameters enshrined by the Security Council in all its resolutions since 2007, and the rejection of all outdated plans, he noted during this meeting, which was attended by Minister Delegate in charge of Moroccans Abroad Nezha El Ouafi.


The government official said that Security Council resolution 2548 confirmed these parameters by highlighting the elements based on a realistic, pragmatic, and durable political solution of compromise, and referred to Algeria on five occasions as a party to this regional conflict, in addition to strengthening Morocco's achievements in previous resolutions concerning the autonomy initiative and the need for the "Polisario" to respect the cease-fire and its commitment to refrain from any destabilizing and provocative act east of the defense structure in the Moroccan Sahara.


He also specified that the national diplomacy was able to mobilize all its means to achieve the objectives outlined by HM King Mohammed VI and to move forward in the achievement of new accomplishments, aimed at the promotion of the legitimacy of its position concerning the national issue.


Bourita also stressed that the strengthening of consular work, communication, IT security and economic diplomacy are priorities for the national diplomacy in the coming year.


"In the context of the post Covid-19 period, it is necessary to seize the opportunities that present themselves for the Kingdom in order to promote economic diplomacy, by developing a vision regarding the use of the national diplomatic network to achieve Morocco's objectives economically, particularly agriculture, industry and tourism, as well as enhancing the attractiveness of the Kingdom to draw more investors.