Rabat – Maldivian foreign affairs minister Abdulla Shahid has reiterated his country’s unwavering support for Morocco’s territorial integrity and its sovereignty over Western Sahara.
The official stressed his country’s support for Morocco’s position on Friday, November 15, in Rabat.
Following a meeting with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, Shahid told the press that his country backs Morocco’s Autonomy Plan. He added that it is the “only political, pragmatic, realistic, and sustainable solution to resolute this regional dispute.”
Morocco submitted the Autonomy proposal to the Security Council in 2007.
The Maldivian official also expressed support for the UN-led political process.
Speaking to the press in a joint conference, Bourita said that the meeting with Shahid was an opportunity to express Morocco’s recognition to the Republic of Maldives for “its clear and consistent stance on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara in all international and regional fora.”
Both countries shared their determination to strengthen diplomatic ties at all levels, including fishing, tourism, and agriculture.
The two countries signed four agreements during the Maldivian minister’s trip to Morocco, including one agreement on visa exemption.
The Maldivian minister said that the visa waiver agreement will further consolidate the political, economic relations between the two peoples.