The Turkish FM emphasized his country’s determination to continue to strengthen bilateral relations with Morocco.
Rabat – Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that his country’s position on the Western Sahara conflict is “very clear.”
Speaking at a joint press conference with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita on December 12, the Turkish official reiterated Turkey’s “full support” for Morocco’s territorial integrity.
Cavusoglu explained that Turkish media giant TRT recent airing a pro-Polisario video clip on the Western Sahara conflict was a misunderstanding.
The Turkish diplomat added that the “misunderstanding” has been “corrected.”
Cavusoglu affirmed that the Turkish government does support any “separatist group or any agenda.”
He stipulated that the Turkish state not only support the territorial integrity of Morocco, but also its stability and security.
The Turkish official is part of a delegation that arrived in Morocco to take part in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) 50th anniversary in Rabat.
In addition to the Western Sahara conflict, the Turkish official said that he discussed several common interests with Bourita during his visit to Morocco.
Among the discussions was the Morocco-Turkey Free Trade Agreement. The Turkish official said that the country’s trade officials will come to Rabat at the end of the month to discuss the situation with Morocco.
He added that he is “sure” that the two countries will reach an understanding regarding the situation.
Rabat has recently expressed willingness to walk out of the Free Trade Agreement with Turkey as it does not benefit the North African country’s economy.
It remains to be seen whether Turkey and Morocco will reach a deal to maintain the agreement.