Italy reaffirms support to Morocco’s “serious & credible” efforts for resolution of Sahara conflict

The Italian government reaffirmed on Wednesday its firm supportive stand to the “serious and credible” efforts made by Morocco for a lasting resolution of the Sahara regional conflict.

In a Joint press release issued following the visit paid by Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita to Rome, Italy reiterates its position on the Sahara as stated in the Multidimensional Strategic Partnership sealed in Rabat in November 2019.

In the joint partnership declaration, Rome praised “the serious and credible” efforts made by Morocco” towards finding an enduring solution to the Sahara conflict, making reference to Morocco’s autonomy plan offered for the Sahara, a plan supported widely by the international community.

In their strategic partnership declaration, the Italian government had renewed its support to the UN chief’s efforts to continue the political process aimed at achieving a just, realistic, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution based on UN Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 2494 adopted on October 30, 2019.

During his short visit to Italy, Bourita conferred separately with his counterpart Luigi Di Maio and with Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Roberto Fico.

Talks focused on bilateral cooperation, the efforts to solve the Libyan crisis and the fight against terrorism and illegal migration.

In the joint statement published Wednesday, the Italian Foreign Minister lauded “the openness, progress and modernity” spearheaded by King Mohammed VI, hailing the strong friendship ties existing between the two countries which are determined to bolster their economic and commercial partnership.

The two ministers also stressed the need for the countries to foster further their cooperation in matters of justice and security.

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