Washington DC - Republican Congressman Joe Wilson, along with his colleagues Carlos Curbelo (Republican) and Democrat Gerry Connolly, introduced a first-ever bill in the U.S. Congress at the House of Representatives, in which they reaffirm the relationship between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Morocco.
Washington DC – Republican Congressman Joe Wilson, along with his colleagues Carlos Curbelo (Republican) and Democrat Gerry Connolly, introduced a first-ever bill in the U.S. Congress at the House of Representatives, in which they reaffirm the relationship between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Morocco.
“The Kingdom of Morocco was the first country to formally recognize the United States in 1777 and remains a strong ally and partner for peace in the Middle East and North Africa,” stresses Congressman Joe Wilson on his official website, while condemning the recent actions of the polisario, a terrorist organization funded by Iran.
The bill criticizes Iran for providing “monetary and other forms of material support to terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, which the United States has designated (…) as a foreign terrorist organization,” pointing to the destabilizing aims of Iran and its ally Hezbollah in North Africa that go against the national security objectives of the United States.
The bill also reaffirms support for the Moroccan autonomy plan, which it describes as “serious, realistic and credible,” and which represents a path forward to satisfy the aspirations of the Sahara populations to run their own affairs in peace and dignity.
The text calls on President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the Ambassador to the United Nations, to assist the United Nations in supporting a peaceful agreement to the Sahara conflict that is consistent with the United States position, which has repeatedly described the autonomy plan as ” serious, realistic and credible.”
In his first reaction to the submission of the draft bill, Moroccan minister of foreign affairs, Nasser Bourita, said that this move reaffirms the strong relations between Morocco and the United States.
“This Resolution is a powerful reaffirmation of the U.S.-Morocco relationship, which has existed for hundreds of years. Our strong economic and security partnerships are critical to maintaining peace and prosperity around the region. We look forward to continuing our counterterrorism work with the United States and challenging any efforts to destabilize the North Africa region,” Morocco’s foreign minister, said in a statement to Morocco World News.
If the bill becomes law, it would provide support to Morocco’s position on the Western Sahara conflict. But before a draft bill reaches the House floor and is adopted into law, it goes through a complicated process and long debates inside Congress committees and subcommittees.
As per US Congress rules, draft bills introduced by members of Congress are referred to the Speaker of House, who places it on the calendar of the committee to which it was assigned. If members of Congress don’t act on the bill, it is “killed.”
Once a draft bill is adopted by the House of Representative it is sent to the office of the President for signature. A draft bill becomes law after it signed by the President or if the latter does not sign it while Congress is in session.