Morocco’s FM, UN Chief discuss several cooperation issues

Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres discussed Friday several issues of cooperation between Morocco and the UN, including sustainable development, the fight against terrorism, the crisis in Libya and the Sahara conflict.

The talks in a video conference were held on the sidelines of the high-level debate of the United Nations General Assembly, which is celebrating this year its 75th anniversary.

Bourita conveyed, on this occasion, to the UN Chief the greetings of King Mohammed VI as well as the support of the Sovereign for his action and his leadership at the head of the United Nations, particularly during the exceptional and difficult circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic.

For his part, the UN Secretary-General instructed the Moroccan Foreign Minister to convey his warmest greetings to the King. He also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Sovereign for his steady support for the UN action in several areas, including sustainable development, human rights, climate change and the promotion of peace, stability and security in Africa.

The talks provided an opportunity to discuss the fruitful and multi-dimensional cooperation between Morocco and the UN, in particular in peacekeeping operations and issues related to sustainable development, the environment and the fight against terrorism.

The two men also discussed the latest developments of the Moroccan Sahara issue, where the two sides are cooperating with the aim of finding a mutually acceptable, lasting solution based on a political process.

Besides the Sahara issue, Bourita and the UN Chief brought up other regional issues of common interest, including the Libyan crisis, and the situation in the Sahel and Africa.

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