Sahara: Speaker of Latin American Parliament Supports UN-Led Efforts for Resolution of this Regional Conflict

Speaker of Latin America’s Parliament, Jorge Pizarro Estéban Soto, has voiced firm backing to the efforts made by the Secretary General of the United Nations for the resolution of the Sahara issue.

Speaking to journalists after meeting Wednesday in Rabat Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita, Mr. Estéban Soto said talks were an opportunity for the Latin American MPs delegation to be informed about latest developments of the Sahara issue and about the UN-led political process for the settlement of this conflict, expressing support to the UN process.

He also praised the excellent ties existing between the Parliaments of Latin America and Morocco, saying that the two sides are determined to enhance further political, commercial and cultural relations to take up common international challenges.

The Speaker of the Latin American Parliament also conferred with speakers of the two chambers of the Moroccan parliament on means to strengthen relations between the legislative institutions.

The two parties underlined the dynamism characterizing the relations of friendship and cooperation between the Moroccan parliament and its Latin American and Caribbean counterpart and welcomed the initiative to create a parliamentary forum that includes the parliaments of African countries and Latin America and the Caribbean. The forum will be a venue for joint action and a mechanism for parliamentary political dialogue and consultation on priority strategic questions.

This parliamentary diplomacy mechanism will explore ways to enhance regional integration and south-south cooperation, in accordance with a strategic, participatory, integrated, solidarity-based development perspective, which is based on fostering economic and commercial interests and human ties between Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The two parties agreed to organize two events, namely a symposium of speakers of regional and continental parliaments, next July, and an international symposium, next September, to discuss the effective launch of the Africa-Latin America and the Caribbean parliamentary forum.

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