Moroccan Sahara: EU Highly Values Morocco's 'Serious and Credible' Efforts (Borrell)

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Rabat - 05 January 2023- The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, reiterated, Thursday in Rabat, the position of the EU on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara valuing very much the "serious and credible" efforts made by Morocco to find a solution to this regional dispute.

"We have taken note and we value very much the serious and credible efforts made by Morocco to this end (finding a solution to the Moroccan Sahara issue)," Borrell told the press, adding that "the EU supports the UN process and the initiatives of the Personal Envoy of its Secretary-General to achieve a political solution that is fair, realistic, pragmatic, sustainable and mutually acceptable and based on compromise, in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council".
Borrell, who was speaking at a joint press briefing held after talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, said that "the EU encourages all parties to continue their commitment in the spirit of realism and compromise in the context of an arrangement consistent with the purposes and principles set out in the UN Charter”.
The head of European diplomacy said he understands the fundamental importance of the Sahara issue, an "existential question" for the Kingdom.
Borrell, who is on an official visit to the Kingdom to strengthen the EU-Morocco partnership, held talks with the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch, during which both officials expressed the joint willingness of Morocco and the EU to deepen the dialogue and cooperation in the framework of their strategic partnership.
This historic partnership has continued to develop in recent years, becoming a reference point in the EU's neighborhood policy.
Source: MAP