Paris maintains the same position on the Sahara, Rabat demands clear decisions

Morocco has never considered France’s position on the Moroccan Sahara issue as negative “, declared this Friday Nasser Bourita, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, during a joint press conference with his French counterpart, Catherine Colonna, noting that “ the two countries are working to relaunch the various cooperation and coordination mechanisms between the two countries”.

France has always supported the autonomy proposal submitted by the Kingdom, said Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in response to questions from journalists during the press conference held this Friday at the MFA headquarters in Rabat, alongside the French diplomat, Catherine Colonna, noting that Paris is fully aware of the importance of the Moroccan Sahara issue for Moroccans “.

In response to the declaration of the French diplomat, on the maintenance by Paris of the same vision and the same support concerning the Sahara file, Nasser Bourita, insisted that ” the Sahara dossier has experienced great development at the regional, international and geostrategic levels “.

“It is fundamental that countries which are close to this region, which have a very good knowledge of this file, can contribute to the definition of this prospect of solution (to the dispute over the Moroccan Sahara)”, said the minister.

The Moroccan diplomat also recalled that “ Morocco is not for a solution outside the United Nations, nor with an imposed solution. However, he says the time has come to make clear decisions “, noting” that over the past three years, there has been a remarkable evolution, under the impetus of King Mohammed VI, and in the positions of a certain number of countries close to France, politically and geographically “.

Also, the government official underlined “ that there are common bets in different regions of the world, and we deal with them in a sort of exchange of views and coordination on a number of issues, particularly at the level of North Africa and the sahel “.

For her part, Catherine Colonna, French Foreign Minister, said: “ France’s position on the Sahara is clear and consistent. We support the ceasefire and the efforts of the United Nations and the Special Envoy for the Sahara in his tours, and we hope for the return of the political process for a just and realistic political solution. “.

And to add: In recent years, France’s position at the United Nations regarding the extension of the MINURSO mission to the Sahara has been welcomed by our partners in Rabat (…) Paris considers the autonomy proposal as a solution that corresponds to the Moroccan interests, and we defended it at the United Nations, and we were perhaps the only ones to support Morocco “.

In this sense, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that “Morocco can count on France, especially in critical times”, noting that France hopes ” that we will go constantly in these bilateral relations between Morocco and France, in particular with regard to the French-speaking partnership “.

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