Praising Morocco-Russia “strong historical ties,” Russia’s deputy foreign minister affirms his country’s desire of a quick solution to the Western Sahara dispute.
Rabat – Russia’s deputy foreign minister and special presidential representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov has said that Russia stands for a “quick and mutual solution” to the Western Sahara issue.
Speaking yesterday to Morocco’s state-owned Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) following a meeting with vice-president of the Afro-Asian Peoples’ Solidarity Organization (AAPSO) Talea Saoud El Atlassi, the Russian official said that his country considers Morocco a “strategic” ally.
“The meeting served as a great opportunity to exchange ideas and address a variety of issues of concern to both countries and the current issues in the Middle East and North Africa, including that of Western Sahara,” Bogdanov said .
Referring to the strategic partnership Morocco and Russia forged in 2016, Bogdanov highlighted the strong historical ties between Morocco and Russia. He said that the newfound momentum in the Rabat-Kremlin ties have been propelling both countries to “take steps forward” and “try to boost effective and fruitful cooperation.”
He added that Morocco and Russia see eye to eye on “strengthening and maintaining a bilateral dialogue in the service of mutual interests” on issues like combatting terrorism and radicalization, as well as creating opportunities for social and economic development in the region.
In return, Al Atlassi, chairman of the Moroccan Commission for peace and solidarity and vice-president of AAPSO noted Russia’s “positive role” in the ongoing UN-led process for a political settlement in the Sahara dispute. Atlassi noted the meeting with Bogdanov reflects Russia’s intent to work out a “mutual, sustainable, and realistic solution to the issue of Western Sahara.”
The meeting’s primary focus was the discussion of the Russian-Moroccan relationship under the auspices of King Mohammed VI and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin in cultivating the dynamics of dialogue and development between the countries.