Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido promised Morocco that a new government would reconsider the recognition of the self-proclaimed SADR.
Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita has reiterated Morocco’s support for all actions in favor of the Venezuelan people’s legitimate aspirations to democracy.
Bourita announced Morocco’s support after his talks with Colombian counterpart Carlos Holmes Trujillo in Rabat on Friday, June 21. During the meeting with Trujillo, the Moroccan minister discussed the worsening situation in Venezuela.
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro named himself president for a second term in January of this year, following a widely boycotted election. International commentators and activists within Venezuela continue to call for a fair and democratic election, with most supporting the leader of the opposition, Juan Gaido.
Bourita said that Morocco continues to closely monitor developments in Venezuela.
“It [Morocco] maintains regular contact with those who carry the legitimate aspirations of the Venezuelan people to democracy and change,” Bourita said.
Bourita also announced that he received Jose Ignacio Guedez, Guaido’s special envoy on Friday, June 21.
During the meeting, Bourita announced Morocco’s readiness to “listen to the latest developments in the political and humanitarian situation in Venezuela and to work in a regional setting.”
Bourita also recalled that he had a telephone interview with Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido. The phone interview is the second of its kind. The first took place on January 29.
During the conversation, Bourita informed Guaido of Morocco’s support for the legitimate aspirations of the Venezuelan people.
Earlier this year, Guaido reiterated his determination to renew relations between Morocco and Venezuela on a “healthy and serene basis” and to remove the obstacles that hindered their development, including Maduro’s presidency and its position on the Western Sahara conflict.
Guaido’s supporters in the interim government also informed Morocco of its determination to reconsider their recognition of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi republic SADR.
The foreign affairs advisor at the Venezuelan National Assembly, Manuel Avendano, said that recognizing the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) was more in line with “left ideologies, like those of Nicolas Maduro’s regime” rather than “a real quest for a peaceful and political solution to the dispute over the Sahara.”