Rabat and Moscow stress the need to respect the Sahara truce
It was announced in Rabat that Morocco will host the Arab World Forum – Russia in 2021. And that Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Burita will visit Moscow next year to attend the eighth session of the joint government committee between Morocco and Russia, aimed at strengthening political dialogue between the two countries.
The Moroccan Foreign Ministry said that Russia and Morocco reiterated the need for “all parties” in the regional conflict over the Moroccan Sahara to respect the ceasefire and continue to be fully involved in the political process. This position was expressed during telephone conversations between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Burita, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.
This is the third telephone conversation between the Moroccan and Russian ministers in less than three months, which reflects the trust and regularity of the dialogue and consultations between Morocco and Russia, the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Moroccan and Russian officials praised the positive momentum in bilateral relations, which is part of the deepening strategic partnership between King Mohammed VI and President Vladimir Putin.
According to the statement, Burita and Lavrov exchanged views on the upcoming benefits of the bilateral agenda, especially the upcoming visit of Burita to Moscow, the holding of the eighth session of the joint government committee between Morocco and Russia scheduled for 2021 and the strengthening of political dialogue between the two countries, as well as Lavrov’s visit to Morocco. To participate in the Arab World Forum – Russia, whose next session will be held in Morocco in 2021.
In this context, the two ministers noted the recent renewal of the four-year fisheries agreement between Rabat and Moscow.
The Moroccan-Russian talks also dealt deeply with regional and international issues of mutual interest, as the Russian minister thanked Morocco for its efforts on the Libyan dossier in light of the Libyan meetings held in Buznika. The two ministers stressed the need for strengthen the spatiality of international efforts and work for the Libyans to take the helm of the effort.
The statement concluded that Burita and Lavrov renewed their commitment to continue working together in Africa in order to achieve stability and development in the countries of the continent, especially in the Sahel region, in the spirit of the Moroccan-Russian strategic partnership.
On the other hand, Dutch Foreign Minister Steve Block said that the measures taken by Morocco were a reaction to the blockade imposed by the Polisario Front on the Gerguerat border crossing.
The Dutch Foreign Minister, in response to a question from one of his country’s representatives, said yesterday that “the Moroccan army’s interventions on November 13 are a reaction to the closure of the Gerguerat border crossing.” He explained that his government, as a member of the European Union, fully supported the statements of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, with an emphasis on respecting the ceasefire, preserving freedom of movement and cross-border trade in the Gerguerrat region. as well as a return to the political process sponsored by it. United Nations.