Morocco’s speaker of the House of Representatives commended the “historic and realistic position” of the Colombian congress supporting Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara.
Rabat – On Monday in Rabat, Moroccan Speaker of the House of Representatives Habib El Malki met with the Committee on Foreign Relations at the House of Representatives of the Republic of Colombia who conveyed the Latin American country’s full support for Morocco’s territorial integrity.
According to a statement MWN received from the House of Representatives, El Malki expressed to Colombian MPs that their country’s decision to back Morocco’s territorial integrity and autonomy plan—aiming to find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution—proves the “depth of the brotherly” relations and positive dynamic between the two countries.
El Malki also announced the organizing of a Moroccan-Colombian forum this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Colombia.
The forum will give an opportunity to discuss increasing cooperation in trade, tourism, culture, renewable energies, agriculture, and fisheries.
The Colombian MPs in turn expressed their country’s interest in benefitting from Morocco’s expertise in the aforementioned spheres.
For his part, the head of the committee, Antonio Hernandez Lozano, praised the strong political drive of the two countries to improve their bilateral relations in all spheres, emphasizing that they both “share similar values based on peace, stability, democracy, and willingness to engage in dialogue to solve problems.”
Blanco Alvarez German Alcides, a deputy at the House of Representatives of the Republic of Colombia, affirmed that Morocco is a strategic ally of Colombia, mentioning their Parliament’s resolution that backed Morocco’s territorial integrity in December.
He said: “We have signed in recent months at the Colombian Congress a resolution in favor of the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco.”
“Supporting and respecting the territorial integrity of a friendly state is the least we can do for a strategic ally,” he added, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
In December 2018, the two chambers of the Colombian Parliament expressed full support for Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara through a resolution, denouncing serious violations of human rights against Sahrawi sin the Tindouf camps, in Algeria.
The resolution described Morocco’s autonomy initiative as “pre-eminent, serious, credible and realistic.”