Sahara: Washington reaffirms the “serious, realistic and credible” character of the Moroccan

The United States reiterated Monday, through a State Department official, that the Moroccan autonomy plan for Western Sahara is “serious, realistic and credible”, insisting that this plan is likely to fulfil the aspirations of the Sahara populations “to manage their own affairs in peace and dignity”.

“We maintain that it (plan of autonomy) is serious, realistic and credible and that it is able to satisfy the aspirations of the populations of the Sahara to manage their own affairs in peace and dignity”, the State Department official said.

The Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara “represents a potential approach to resolving the Sahara issue,” the U.S. diplomat stressed.

The statement was made on the sidelines of the working visit Moroccan Foreign Minister, Nasser Bourita, is currently paying to Washington

Bourita had separate talks on Monday with President Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, as well as with David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and Brian Hook, Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Special Representative for Iran.

Nasser Bourita’s talks with John Bolton focused on strengthening the strategic partnership linking the two countries in the political, economic and security realms.

The two officials also discussed regional issues, the situation in North Africa and the Middle East and the latest developments of the Sahara issue.

The same topics were addressed by Nasser Bourita and Michael Pompeo who agreed to hold the next session of the US-Morocco strategic dialogue next year in Washington, said the Department of State.

The two officials also discussed “the opportunities to expand our strong economic and security cooperation, including joint efforts to end Iran’s support for terrorism and counter its harmful influence in North Africa.”

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