Sahara: Köhler receives Moroccan delegation in Lisbon next Tuesday

The UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Horst Köhler, is due to meet next Tuesday in Lisbon a Moroccan delegation to examine the latest developments in the Sahara issue.

The Moroccan delegation, led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, will fly early next week to Lisbon, where it is expected to hold discussions with the UN mediator on the Sahara issue on Tuesday, March 6,

The Moroccan delegation also includes Omar Hilale, Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Sidi Hamdi Ould Errachid, President of the Laayoune Sakia El Hamra Region and Ynja Khattat, President of the Dakhla Wadi-Eddahab Region.

The Moroccan delegation’s participation in this bilateral meeting, at the invitation of the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the Sahara, is, according to reliable sources in Rabat, part of Morocco’s ongoing cooperation with the UN to reach a final political solution to the territorial dispute around the Moroccan Sahara.

During these bilateral consultations, the Moroccan delegation will be guided by the fundamentals of the national position, as outlined by King Mohammed VI in the speech he delivered on the occasion of the commemoration of the 42nd anniversary of the Green March, on November 6, 2017. The Green March marked the end of Spain’s presence in the Sahara.

The UN mediator held late January separate meetings in Berlin with the delegations of Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario, parties involved in the territorial conflict around the Moroccan Sahara.

Horst Köhler is expected to submit to the UN Security Council, next April, a detailed report of his consultations on the Sahara issue.


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