Rabat – The Moroccan government has again received support from both Bahrain and the UAE for its position regarding Western Sahara.
Emirati Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan reiterated his country’s support for the United Nations political process to end the Western Sahara conflict.
The official made his statement at the general debate of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly held September 24-30 in New York.
Al Nahyan said, “We welcome the efforts of our brothers in the kingdom of Morocco to reach a political solution to this issue.”
He added that the UAE continues to believe that the “political process is the best way to settle the issue of the region,” and appreciates the efforts of the United Nations, the international community, and “friendly countries.”
Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs K Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalif made a similar statement during his participation in the assembly on Saturday, September 28.
“The kingdom of Bahrain … reaffirms its solidarity with the continuous efforts by the brotherly kingdom of Morocco” to find a political solution to the issue of Western Sahara, he said.
Bahrain, he added, supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Morocco.
It is not the first time both the Gulf countries affirmed their support for Morocco’s territorial integrity.
Bahrain and the UAE, along with 21 other states, recently expressed support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan, an initiative submitted to the UN in 2007 as a possible political solution to end the Western Sahara conflict.
On September 10, the permanent ambassador and representative of Morocco to the UN in Geneva, Omar Zniber, said that 23 countries issued a statement, noting that the autonomy initiative “has been recognized by the Security Council as a serious and credible basis for definitely resolving the regional conflict.”
The plan has gained support from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and countries in Africa.
At the 74th debate of the General Assembly in New York, several countries from the continent reiterated support for Morocco’s territorial integrity.
Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported Monday, September 30, that several heads of states from Africa gave their support for the UN’s exclusivity in mediating the conflict to find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution.
Leaders from Burkina Faso, Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe spoke at the assembly, showing their support of the UN’s mediation as opposed to AU arbitration.