Jordan has renewed support for Morocco’s Western Sahara position, joining the growing list of countries supporting Morocco amid increased UN-led momentum to end the Sahara dispute.
Rabat – During a joint press conference with Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita on Thursday, Jordan’s foreign minister Aymane Safadi said that “Jordan has a consistent position on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara.”
He added that his country “totally and absolutely supports the territorial integrity of the brotherly Kingdom of Morocco.
The official also emphasized the importance of reaching an agreed upon and mutually acceptable political solution to the conflict, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1813, and within the framework of the Moroccan autonomy initiative.
This is not the first time that Jordan has backed Morocco’s position on Western Sahara. In October 2018, the Jordanian foreign ministry emphasized the need to reach an agreed upon and mutually acceptable political solution to the conflict on the basis of the autonomy plan.
Safadi said that his country will remain committed to its traditional “total and absolute support” for Morocco’s territorial integrity.
Safadi’s recent statement falls within the context of a growing impetus to bolster regional cooperation on critical policy matters. In recent years, both Morocco and Jordan have expressed their determination to reinforce diplomatic ties, paving the way for more cooperation in several sectors.
Safadi was among the Jordanian delegation which accompanied King Abdullah II of Jordan during his official trip to Morocco from March 27-28.
King Abdullah left Morocco on Thursday after a busy agenda, including numerous audiences with King Mohammed VI. In their many discussions, the two Kings stressed the need for greater bilateral connections.
The monarchs discussed several topics, including issues hindering the development of the Middle East like the Syrian and Palestinian crisis.
They called for more collective efforts to secure stability in Syria, while also reiterating their commitment to Palestine’s struggle for rights and self-determination.