USA : Congressmen, Diplomats Support Autonomy in Western Sahara

Barack-Obama-Roi-Mohamed-VIThe visit of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI to Washington, where he is scheduled to meet President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday, has stirred the enthusiasm of several U.S. lawmakers and diplomats who expressed their support for the shared view of Rabat and Washington regarding the future of North Africa and the Sahel region.
They likewise voiced support to the Moroccan autonomy proposal for Western Sahara.
In a letter to President Obama on the eve of his meeting with King Mohammed VI, members of the Congressional Morocco Caucus reaffirmed the unchanged US policy on the Western Sahara and called Barack Obama to seize the opportunity of his talks with the King of Morocco to reaffirm the US unchanged support for a political solution based on broad autonomy, as proposed by Rabat.
This proposal remains the best framework for a negotiated political solution and enjoys wide consensus both in the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Morocco Caucus members said.
To face the growing instability in the MENA region and in the Sahel, Washington has all interest to consolidate its strategic relations with Morocco, “a friend country and a solid partner in North Africa,” they said.
In the same vein, nine former U.S. ambassadors to Morocco sent a joint letter to President Obama urging him “in these times of tumult and instability in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Sahel” to “support Morocco’s efforts to achieve our shared goals for the region.”
These former ambassadors who have served over the past 32 years, under five Presidents, are all connoisseurs of Morocco. So, they have knowingly called the American President to strengthen Washington’s “strategic partnership with a country in the MENA region that genuinely shares our values and vision for the region’s future.”
Morocco emerges as an island of stability in a troubled region, thanks to the bold policy of reforms initiated under the leadership of King Mohammed VI. These reforms deserve political support on the part of the United States and in the first place their continued support to the autonomy plan in Western Sahara.
For the letter signatory diplomats, autonomy is the “only realistic way” to resolve the conflict in a region threatened by instability and insecurity.

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