Germany Supports 'Lasting, Mutually Acceptable Political Solution' To Sahara Issue

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, here Thursday, that his country supports a "lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara issue".'

"The German minister stressed the consistent position of his country regarding the Sahara issue, highlighting Germany's support to the United Nations efforts to achieve a lasting and mutually acceptable political solution," said a joint statement issued Thursday in Marrakech, following the visit of the chief of German diplomacy.

"Both sides noted that the United Nations Security Council deemed serious and credible Morocco's efforts to promote the search for a solution" to the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara, said the joint statement.

On the other hand, the German minister hailed the progress made by Morocco to consolidate the rule of law and good governance. "Both sides agreed that concrete projects, included in the 'strengthening democratic process Partnership' program, are to be initiated in these fields," the joint statement added.

German FM Says Berlin Seeks Close Ties With Rabat

Germany has a great interest in conducting dialogue with Morocco and seeks close ties with the Kingdom which has, for years, taken the path of reforms and modernization, German Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Thursday.

"We have a great interest in conducting dialogue with Morocco, a country that has, for years, taken the path of reforms and modernization," Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the press following his audience with HM King Mohammed VI at the Royal Palace in Marrakech.

Steinmeier said that during the audience, he conveyed to the Sovereign the invitation of President Johakim Gauck to pay an official visit to the Federal Republic of Germany.

"I told His Majesty that it is with great pleasure that we expect Him in Germany for an official visit," he said.