Washington reaffirms confidence in the Morocco-proposed autonomy for the Sahara

The United States has reaffirmed twice this week its confidence in the Moroccan autonomy plan that it describes as “serious and credible” for the settlement of the territorial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara.

Actually, United States House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise said Thursday in Rabat he was “very favorable” to the autonomy plan in the Sahara, which he qualified as “credible and serious”.

“We are very supportive of this plan, which is both very credible and serious,” Steve Scalise told reporters after a meeting with Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita.

The whip of the Republican majority affirmed that “Morocco has been candid and straightforward in trying to present a real solution to the territorial dispute” over its Sahara. He recalled that Washington and Rabat “share common values ??and a valuable relationship of friendship, dating back to the birth of the United States of America”.

“We are here to express our strong support for this relationship between the United States and Morocco,” said Scalise, who also voiced appreciation for the two countries’ “strong partnership”, primarily “in the fight against the terror threat, so that peace prevails in the world”.

The same support was voiced two days ago by the Acting Secretary of State, John Sullivan. After a meeting in Washington on Tuesday with the Moroccan Foreign Minister, the US official reiterated Washington’s backing to the Moroccan autonomy proposal, calling the plan “serious, credible and realistic”.

A statement by Spokesperson for the State Department, Heather Nauert, issued after the meeting said the United States “expressed its commitment to United Nations-led efforts to find a peaceful, sustainable, and mutually acceptable political solution to the long-standing dispute over the Western Sahara”.

“We maintain that the autonomy plan is serious, credible and realistic and represents a bold approach to find a final settlement to the Sahara issue,” said the US Department of State, underlining that the autonomy plan could meet the aspirations of populations to manage their own affairs in peace and dignity.

The two parties also discussed the deep US-Morocco bilateral relationship and regional issues, including efforts towards achieving regional peace, the statement said.


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