Le Conseiller du Roi Mohammed VI, Taib Fassi Fihri, a remis, jeudi à Moscou, au ministre russe des Affaires étrangères, Serguei Lavrov, un message du souverain au président Vladimir Poutine.

The Advisor to the King, Taib Fassi Fihri, transmitted Thursday in Moscow, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, a message of King Mohammed VI to President Vladimir Putin.


In a statement to the press at the end of a working session between the Russian minister and a Moroccan high-level delegation, Fassi Fihri said that the Royal message “fits as part of the ongoing dialogue between the heads of state of both countries.”


The meeting, he said, “reflects a desire to promote bilateral relations, strengthen and expand the partnership and cooperation in the political field.”


The interviews of the Moroccan delegation with the Russian Minister focused on the latest developments in the Moroccan Sahara issue, he said, recalling that the Russian side supports the negotiation process under the criteria established by the Security Council and the Secretary General of the UN.


They also focused on international issues including “the situation in the Sahel and Sahara and threats to peace and security emanating from extremist groups,” he added, noting that Russia is following with interest the developments occurred in Africa and the Arab world.


Fassi Fihri also reminded that relations between the two countries continue to strengthen and expand in various fields, especially after the historic visit of the King Mohammed VI to Moscow in 2002, which had given a strong impetus to bilateral relations within the strategic partnership and that made by President Putin to Morocco in 2006.


The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Saad El Dine Otmani, said for his part, that he had informed the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs that “Morocco’s totally rejects any extension of the mission of MINURSO to include Human Rights in the Moroccan Sahara, “adding that the Moroccan position is irreversible in terms of national sovereignty.”


This meeting was an opportunity to discuss issues related to security in the Sahel and Sahara, the situation in Syria and the balance in international relations, he said.


“Morocco is also the first partner of Russia in Africa and the Arab world and the kingdom plays a strategic role for Russia in the region,” the minister stressed.


Besides MM. El Fassi Fihri and Otmani, the Moroccan delegation included Mohamed Yassine Mansouri, Director General of Studies and Documentation. The meeting was attended by the Ambassador of Morocco to Russia, Abdelkader Lachhab.