Rabat and Moscow stress 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 joint Moroccan-Russian government committee, which seeks to strengthen political dialogue between the two countries.
The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Russia and Morocco have reiterated the need for “all parties” in the regional conflict over the Moroccan Sahara to respect the ceasefire and to continue their full involvement in the political process. This view was expressed during telephone discussions between the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Africa Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita, and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.
These are the third telephone conversations between Moroccan ministers and Russia, in less than three months, that reflect the confidence and regularity of dialogue and consultation between Morocco and Russia, according to a Moroccan Foreign Administration statement.
Moroccan and Russian officials praised the positive dynamics in the bilateral relations, which fall within the framework of the deeper strategic partnership pursued by King Mohammed VI and President Vladimir Putin.
According to the statement, Bourita and Lavrov exchanged views on the forthcoming benefits on the bilateral agenda, in particular Bourita’s upcoming visit to Moscow, to host the eighth joint Moroccan and Russian government joint committee session, scheduled for 2021 , and to strengthen political dialogue between the two countries, as well as Lavrov’s visit to Morocco. Participate in the World Arab Forum – Russia, whose next session will be in Morocco in 2021.
In this context, the two ministers noted the recent renewal of the fishing agreement between Rabat and Moscow, for a period of four years.
The Moroccan-Russian talks also covered in depth regional and international issues of mutual interest, as the Russian minister expressed his appreciation for Morocco’s efforts on the Libyan file in light of the Libyan meetings held in Bouznika. Both ministers stressed the need to improve the spatiality of international efforts and work for the Libyans to assume the lead of the efforts being undertaken.
The statement concluded that Bourita and Lavrov had renewed their commitment to continue joint work in Africa to ensure stability and development in continental countries, especially the Sahel region countries, within 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 in response to the blockade imposed by the Polisario Front at the Guerguerat border crossing.
The head of Dutch diplomacy, in response to a question from one of his country’s representatives, said the day before yesterday that “Moroccan army interventions on November 13th were a response to the closure of the Guerguerat border crossing.” He explained that his government, as a member state of the European Union, fully supports the statements of the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, with an emphasis on respecting the ceasefire, maintaining freedom of movement and cross-border trade in the region Guerguerat, along with a return to the political process sponsored by him. United Nations.