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Wednesday, April 17, 2024
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A political settlement of the Sahara would be possible if Algeria had showed political will, "said Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr Taib Fassi Fihri.



In an interview with "al-Sharq Al Awsat”, published Wednesday, Mr. Fassi Fihri said that" the last speech delivered by His Majesty King Mohammed VI on the occasion of 34th anniversary of the glorious green march was very clear, " adding that "the Moroccan autonomy initiative, which was behind the momentum of negotiations, is still on the table."

"We are always willing to negotiate, and if other parties had the necessary political will, we would have reached a political settlement desired by the international community, namely a negotiated consensual solution," he said.

The Minister said in this regard that the different parties must be realistic and show compromise, as clearly stated in the recent resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations.

The other parties have used, after the announcement of the Moroccan proposal, practices to undermine all the efforts of the Kingdom, citing what they described as "exploitation" of natural resources of the South by the State or "violation" of human rights, said Mr. Fassi Fihri, underlining that Morocco has no lessons to take from anyone in this area.

With regard to "some individuals who deal with other parties to serve their own interests," the minister stressed that "it is an inconceivable act that neither law nor the Moroccan people can accept" adding that "justice will have the last word and act on the betrayal of these individuals.

Mentioning the Moroccan-Algerian relations, the minister lamented the lack of progress so far on this issue, stressing that "Morocco regrets this situation, given the aspirations of the peoples of the five countries of the Maghreb Union including Morocco and Algeria for common action".

"Unfortunately, he noted, no signal has reached us so far from Algerian brothers on the standardization or communication process, commitment of bilateral actions or signals relating to the reopening of borders".

On the position of the Kingdom for the incursion of a group of rebels on the territory of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Fassi Fihri reiterated Morocco's solidarity with the brotherly country with its territorial integrity, and its condemnation of any act which may undermine the peace and stability of this country, whatever its motivations or sponsors.

The region is very sensitive, and stability and security of the Gulf in general and Saudi Arabia in particular is a priority for Morocco, "he said.

Mr. Fassi Fihri, also stated that the issue of standardization or diplomatic exchange with Israel is not on the agenda given the current situation, noting that the Kingdom of Morocco is a party to the 'Arab Peace Initiative and can, therefore, encourage all parties to move forward in the peace process.

Source: MAP
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