Côte d’Ivoire expressed its clear and unequivocal support to the Moroccan sovereignty over its southern provinces, the Sahara, stressing that the Moroccan autonomy plan is “an appropriate solution to definitely settle the conflict”.

“Regarding the Moroccan Sahara issue, the two heads of State underlined that the persistence of this conflict represents a potential threat to the territorial integrity and safety of the States of the region and an obstacle to the development of regional integration, meeting the aspirations of African peoples”, said a Moroccan-Ivoirian joint communiqué released Wednesday on the occasion of the visit of King Mohammed VI to the West African country.

In this context, Cote d'Ivoire's president Alassane Ouattara reiterated that that the Moroccan initiative to grant large autonomy to its southern provinces, the Sahara, is “an appropriate solution to definitively settle the conflict", reads the communiqué.

King Mohammed VI on Tuesday started an official visit to the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, the second leg of an African tour that the Sovereign kicked off in Senegal and will take him to Gabon.