Just days before talks on Western Sahara commence in Geneva, Germany’s foreign minister has said there is a need to move forward.
Rabat – Maintaining the status quo in Western Sahara does not benefit any party, German foreign minister Heiko Maas said on Thursday.
He made the remarks at a joint press conference with Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita after their meeting in Berlin. Maas stressed the need to seize every opportunity for integrated regional development.
The German minister added that all parties need to adopt constructive attitudes at the roundtable talks on Western Sahara this week in Geneva.
Maas reiterated his country’s support for the UN-led political process and for Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara Horst Kohler.
German investments in Morocco are growing significantly and have great potential for further development, Bourita said.
Bourita described the cooperation between the two countries as exemplary in areas such as the environment, water, and agriculture. He noted that these areas are conducive to triangular cooperation with Africa.
In 2012, then European Parliament President and German politician Martin Schulz made a similar statement, calling the situation in the Sahara “no longer tenable.”