The African Union (AU) Summit, which was recently held in Nouakchott, provided fundamental clarifications on the Union's role in the Moroccan Sahara issue, namely to support the efforts of the United Nations, said minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.

 This role is limited to that: there is no process to develop or initiative to launch, Bourita said in an interview published by the international weekly "Jeune Afrique".

The issue remains at the level of the UN and the AU only intervenes on the same basis as regional organizations. It should align itself with the UN Security Council, stressed the minister.

Regarding Morocco's candidacy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the minister said that he had had discussions on this matter on the sidelines of the Summit, recalling that a mechanism had been set up by this organization itself.

Steps have been set. An impact report on our membership is being finalized, he said, noting that "a version has already been submitted".

"We respect that. But as I have already said, Morocco has made an offer and is now waiting for a reaction," he concluded.