Rabat and Moscow emphasize the need to respect the ceasefire in the Sahara
It was announced in Rabat that Morocco will host the Arab World Forum – Russia in 2021. And that Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita will visit Moscow next year to attend the eighth session of the Morocco-Russia Joint Governing Committee, which aims to strengthen it. political dialogue between the two countries.
The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Russia and Morocco reaffirmed the need for “all parties” in the regional conflict over the Moroccan Sahara to respect the ceasefire and continue their full involvement in the political process. This position was expressed during telephone conversations between the Foreign Minister and African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita, and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.
This is the third telephone conversation between the Moroccan and Russian ministers in less than three months, reflecting the trust and regularity of dialogue and consultation between Morocco and Russia, according to the Moroccan Foreign Ministry statement.
Moroccan and Russian officials praised the positive dynamics of bilateral relations, which fall within the framework of the deepened strategic partnership pursued by King Mohammed VI and President Vladimir Putin.
According to the statement, Bourita and Lavrov exchanged views on the forthcoming benefits of the bilateral agenda, in particular the forthcoming visit of Bourita to Moscow, to hold the eighth session of the Joint Committee of Governments between Morocco and Russia, scheduled for 2021, and to strengthen the political the dialogue between the two countries and Lavrov’s visit to Morocco. To participate in the Arab World Forum – Russia, whose next session will be held in Morocco in 2021.
In this context, the two ministers noted the recent renewal of the fisheries agreement between Rabat and Moscow for a period of four years.
The Moroccan-Russian talks also addressed in-depth regional and international issues of mutual interest, as the Russian Minister expressed his appreciation for Morocco’s efforts on the Libyan Act in the light of the Libyan meetings that took place in Bouznika. The two ministers stressed the need to improve the spatiality of the international effort and to work for the Libyans to take over the strains of the strained effort.
The statement concluded that Bourita and Lavrov renewed their commitment to continue working together in Africa to achieve stability and development in the countries of the continent, in particular the countries of the Sahel region, in the spirit of the Moroccan-Russian strategic partnership.
On the other hand, Dutch Foreign Minister Steve Blok said that the measures taken by Morocco were a reaction to the blockade imposed by the Polisario Front at the Guerguerat border crossing.
The head of Dutch diplomacy said in response to a question from one of his country’s representatives the day before yesterday that “the Moroccan army’s intervention on 13 November is a reaction to the closure of the Guerguerat border crossing.” He stated that his government, as a member of the European Union, fully supports the statements of the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, with an emphasis on respecting ceasefire, preserving freedom of movement and cross-border trade in the Guerguerat region, and returning to it. political process sponsored by the United Nations.