Rabat – A Moroccan delegation, led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, will hold a bilateral meeting on Tuesday in Lisbon (Portugal) with Horst Kohler, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Western Sahara.
The news was confirmed by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) on Friday.
The delegation traveling to Lisbon, will include Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, Sidi Hamdi Ould Errachid, President of the Laayoun-Sakia El Hamra region and Yajna Khattat, President of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At Kohler’s invitation, Morocco’s participation “in this bilateral meeting is part of Morocco’s continuous cooperation with the United Nations to reach a final political solution to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara,” said the statement.
The ministry added that the Moroccan delegation will follow the basis of “the national position as outlined in the speech of King Mohammed VI to the Nation, in conjunction with the commemoration of the 42nd anniversary of the Green March, on November 6, 2017.
Morocco received a similar invitation from Kohler in January to hold indirect talks with the parties to the four-decade-long conflict in Berlin, Germany. Morocco, however, refused to attend the meeting due to the attendance of the Polisario Front, which has been executing illegal maneuvers in the Guerguerat during the past few months.
In addition to Morocco and the separatist Polisario Front, Kohler also invited Algeria and Mauritania to attend, in hopes of opening another round of negotiations in Berlin, Germany. Algeria, Mauritania, and the Polisario all attended previous meetings hosted by the Personal Envoy. Morocco’s refusal to engage reinforced the kingdom’s firm refusal to acknowledge the illegal separatist group as a commensurate political entity.