Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani on Thursday reiterated AU’s commitment to supporting United Nations’ efforts to find a consensual and mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara conflict.” According to El Othmani, AU’s leaders’ stance on the conflict is “unchanged.”
In a cabinet meeting, El Othmani said that the Moroccan diplomacy has successfully managed to cancel a series of recommendations by the Summit. These proposals, according to El Othmani, are opposed to Morocco’s sovereignty and interests.
Referring to the controversial report that the Algerian Commissioner of Peace and Security Council of the AU, Ismail Chergui, submitted to the 30th summit of Heads of states and Government, El Othmani said that one-third of the African body signed against the recommendation. Therefore, the recommendation, which was prepared by the Peace and Security body was canceled, affirmed El Othmani.
The head of government added that the AU’s position is identical to the one taken during the 29th summit in support of UN efforts, referring to the decision taken during the 29th summit.
At the end of the 30th summit, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the AU Commision said that the AU decision, on the Western Sahara conflict, later dubbed 653, is still valid. The decision was undertaken in July 2017 by the AU as a way to show its commitment and support for the UN to find a consensual and mutually acceptable solution to end the conflict.
The decision made at the 29th AU summit urges AU member countries to support UN efforts aimed at reaching a solution to end the conflict over Western Sahara.
El Othmani has also confirmed that Morocco’s presence in the AU’ components is growing stronger and more dynamic.
In his remarks at the cabinet meeting, El Othmani has also discussed Morocco’s election to the AU Peace and Security Council. He said that this election will help the country to act and contribute from the inside by interacting with the different African countries and defend its interests.
In a statement read out by government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi after the Ministerial meeting, El Othmani said The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will continue, in accordance with the high royal guidelines, to consolidate the efficient and productive presence of Morocco in Africa, based on the principle of win-win cooperation and in total harmony with the vision of King Mohammed VI.