Having shifted African perspectives on Western Sahara, Morocco is now eyeing support from other regions.
Rabat – Nasser Bourita, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, is off to Latin America for a four-day tour, between June 11 and 14.
The Moroccan minister is reportedly placing his eventful trip to the region under the umbrella of an ongoing charm offensive to gather international support for Morocco’s Western Sahara position.
During the tour, Bourita will visit Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Surinam, announced yesterday a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
While the ministry’s statement did not provide details about Bourita’s schedule in the four Latin American countries, it hinted at Morocco’s earnest desire to capitalize on the current Morocco-friendly momentum in a region that has until recently been an undisputed stronghold of the Polisario Front’s Western Sahara separatist project.
In addition to drawing his different hosts’ attention to Morocco’s south-south agenda on various global issues, ranging from security, trade, and cultural exchanges, Bourita’s visit to the four countries is part of a broader scheme to breathe new life into the region’s perceived shift towards more Morocco-friendly positions on the longstanding Western Sahara dispute.
Having made its marks on its home continent, where the momentum on Western Sahara is increasingly moving towards Morocco, despite abiding hostilities from some known pro-Polisario outposts, Rabat now seeks to establish more diplomatic linkages with Latin America.
Bourita’s visit comes after some recent developments have shown the considerable gains that Morocco’s Latin American diplomacy has made under his ministerial tenure.
In the most recent instance, El Salvador, whose government eagerly sided with Polisario’s “Sahrawi cause” from the outset of the group’s separatist agenda and until recently remained an outspoken pro-Polisario voice, has just said that it is poised to reconsider its stance on the decades-long dispute in Western Sahara.