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Germany Reaffirms Its Position on Western Sahara by Supporting Morocco’s Autonomy Plan

Supporting Morocco in its diplomatic initiative, Germany considers the autonomy plan presented in 2007 as a serious and credible effort by the Moroccan state, as well as a good basis for progress in the process of resolving the Western Sahara dispute. 

On the occasion of the 50th session of the intergovernmental negotiations on cooperation between Morocco and Germany, which took place on 7-8 December 2023 in Rabat, Germany reiterated its position on the Sahara issue, supporting the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad.

Following the resolution of the crisis between Morocco and Germany, the two countries have agreed on a road map by which the German government reiterates its recognition of the autonomy plan as a reliable and serious solution to the Sahara issue.

PHOTO/TWITTER/MAROC DIPLOMATIE/@MarocDiplomatie – Nasser Bourita y Annalena Baerbock
PHOTO/TWITTER/MAROC DIPLOMATIE/@MarocDiplomatie – Nasser Bourita and Annalena Baerbock

According to the joint statement of 25 August 2022, adopted during the meeting between Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, the German side underlined the exclusivity of the UN in the political process and reaffirmed its support for UN Security Council Resolution 2703, which emphasised the role and responsibility of the parties in the search for a realistic, pragmatic, sustainable and mutually committed political solution.

At the press conference of the two diplomats, the two sides highlighted the fruitful exchanges and the remarkable interest of both sides in consolidating friendly relations between Morocco and Germany. 

In this regard, the declaration pointed out that civil society and governmental organisations, including German political foundations, play an important role in strengthening the partnership between Morocco and Germany.

It should be recalled that the declaration reveals a comprehensive cooperation that will also cover the domains of renewable energies, the climate issue, the inclusion of women, as well as the cultural sector and research.

Source : Atalayar