Rabat multiplies series of PR victories in Latin America, gathering historic momentum in a region that has until recently identified with the Polisario Front’s “revolutionary” claims.
Rabat – Following in the footsteps of an increasing number of other Latin American countries, Colombia has renewed its commitment to friendship with Morocco and Morocco’s position on Western Sahara.
Speaking on Friday in Rabat at a joint press conference with the Colombian Foreign Affairs Minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Morocco’s Nasser Bourita extolled the “historic significance” and diplomatic weight of Colombia’s support for Morocco’s Western Sahara stance.
Bourita, who spoke in the most genial terms of the “infallible friendship” and “reliable partnership” binding the two nations, suggested their bilateral relationship is experiencing a particularly upbeat moment underpinned by a “constructive political dialogue.”
Bourita presented the growing friendship as a two-way street, a junction of both convenient and genuine commitments where both parties advance their own agenda while staying robustly loyal to each other’s most vital concerns.
“Morocco can be Colombia’s most reliable friend in Africa and the Arab world,” Bourita said. Meanwhile, he elaborated, “the kingdom wishes to count on Colombia a reliable partner in Latin America.”
Trujilo, who recently paid a visit to Morocco, had come to address King Mohammed VI a message from Colombia’s President Ivan Duque, according to Morocco’s official outlet MAP. The newspaper did not provide details about the content of the Colombian presidential message to the King, however.
Judging from Bourita’s subsequent comments, though, the message had to do with the Latin American country’s readiness to consolidate the growing friendship with Morocco. While Colombia pledges to accompany Morocco’s efforts towards a politically negotiated settlement, Rabat promises to “support President Duque’s actions for peace and stability.”
Bourita explained that Trujilo’s visit to Rabat coincided with the 40th year since Rabat and Bogota established diplomatic ties. The commemoration, he said, was a further occasion to stress “the importance of giving a new impetus to the bilateral relations” by being more active on each other’s side when it comes to crucial issues on the world stage.
“We are like-minded countries on a variety of issues, and I hope that the outcome and decisions we arrived at today will give more depth to our relationship,” Bourita said, noting the spirit of “mutual dialogue” that has traditionally characterized the ties between Morocco and its Latin American partner.
He concluded by stressing that Morocco is “grateful” to both the Colombian government and Congress for “constantly supporting Morocco’s [Western Sahara] position.”
Colombia’s renewed commitment to friendship with Morocco comes in the midst of what looks like a series of impressive diplomatic victories for Morocco in Latin America.
Just last week, Bourita embarked on a Latin American tour with the overt goal of collecting both diplomatic and political momentum in the region, especially on the intricate Western Sahara question.