The Brazilian Federal Senate adopted a motion in favor of Morocco’s territorial integrity, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.
The Senate adopted the motion in support of Morocco’s Autonomy Plan by a large majority, reflecting its respect for Morocco’s territorial integrity and sovereignty over its southern provinces in Western Sahara.
David Alcolumbre, the Senate speaker, addressed the motion to the Brazilian Foreign Minister on Wednesday, September 4.
The motion was adopted by 62 senators out of a total of 81 and shows Brazil’s support for the Moroccan autonomy proposal. The Autonomy Plan was submitted to the United Nations in 2007 as a consensual and sustainable political solution to the regional conflict over Western Sahara.
The motion added that the Latin country Brazil’s support for the autonomy proposal “‘will be consistent with the UN Security Council resolutions as well as with the position of the international community for the search of a realistic and consensual political solution to this regional conflict.”
MAP reported that Brazilian senators expressed their support for Morocco’s cause and autonomy initiative that “respects the territorial integrity and the national sovereignty of Morocco.”
In June, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Brazil as part of his tour to several Latin American countries. The visit is in line with Morocco’s strategy to increase its involvement in the region to gain support for its position on the Western Sahara conflict.
During the visit, Brazil’s foreign minister Ernesto Araujo said that his country is determined to back Morocco’s efforts towards a “realistic” political solution to end the conflict.
In May 2018, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies adopted, by a large majority, a motion in support of the Moroccan autonomy initiative.