Morocco: MEPs discuss Sahara issue

During a conference in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 1, 2022, researchers and academics highlighted the positive developments surrounding the Moroccan Sahara file.

The participants in this conference, organized on the initiative of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, National Defense, Islamic Affairs and MREs under the theme “The development of the national issue in the light of recent developments”, presented various readings on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara and explored perspectives in this area in the light of changes in the national and international context.

In this sense, the geopolitical scientist, Cherkaoui Roudani, indicated that the future of the national question lies in Morocco’s ability to anticipate the geopolitical axes and doctrines that dominate the international system, given that Morocco’s interest in the Atlantic dimension Africa is extremely important to strengthen its position and its territorial integrity.

He also stressed the importance of Morocco opening up its own geopolitical space in this region with “increasing weight”, in particular by using the results achieved through its bilateral and multilateral partnerships.

Ahmed Noureddine, a researcher on international relations and a member of the Moroccan Foreign Affairs Council, for his part addressed the development of the Moroccan Sahara issue through three axes, namely the national, regional and international context.

Mr. Noureddine emphasized in a national context the “clarity and firmness” of the Moroccan vision, under the enlightened leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, with regard to Moroccan sovereignty over its southern provinces. , while denying “the dual views of certain strategic partners”, and accelerating the pace of development in recent years.

Regionally, the researcher believed that the 2019 movement in Algeria has undermined the credibility of the country’s military regime, which suppresses freedoms and violates the rights of the people, also citing “the dissolution of the separatist front supported by this regime”.

At the international level, Mr. Noureddine that the American recognition of the Moroccan Sahara and the new attitudes of many European countries in favor of the autonomy plan reflect the growing confidence of the international system in the seriousness of the Moroccan initiative.

Regarding Abderrahim Manar Slimi, Professor of Political and International Studies at Mohammed V University in Rabat and President of the Atlantic Center for Strategic Studies, he reaffirmed that support from countries such as Spain and Germany for the Autonomy Plan is a recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over its southern provinces.

The Moroccan Sahara case went through several phases, leading to the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative presented in 2007, he recalled, believing that the self-government plan is the best way to strengthen the welfare of the people of the region.

In addition, the expert in strategy and economic diplomacy, Amine Laghidi, noted that the “solid and accelerated” international support for the issue of the territorial integrity of the Kingdom reflects an international will to close this case definitively and a decision on international awareness of the correctness of this issue .

He noted in this sense that Morocco’s sovereignty over its southern provinces is now the subject of a growing international consensus, as reflected in the opening of several consulates in the cities of Laayoune and Dakhla.

This conference was marked by interventions by the Ministerial Delegation responsible for relations with Parliament, Government Spokesman Mustapha Baitas, Ambassador, Director-General for Bilateral Relations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad, Fouad Yazough, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense, Islamic Affairs and MREs in the House of Representatives, Nadia Bouaida and MP Leïla Dahi.

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