The Sahara issue is the lens through which Morocco looks at the world. It is the clear, simple benchmark whereby Morocco measures the sincerity of friendships and the efficiency of partnerships, said Saturday HM King Mohammed VI.
The Sovereign sent out a clear message to certain states among Morocco’s traditional partners as well as new ones, whose stances concerning the Moroccan Sahara issue are “ambiguous”, to clarify their positions.
“I therefore expect certain states among Morocco’s traditional partners as well as new ones, whose stances concerning the Moroccanness of the Sahara are ambiguous, to clarify their positions and reconsider them in a manner that leaves no room for doubt,” stressed HM the King in a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People.
The Sovereign commended the major accomplishments achieved, over the last few years, at the regional and international levels regarding the Kingdom’s just and legitimate stance on the Moroccanness of the Sahara.
“A number of influential states have expressed support for the Autonomy Initiative within Morocco’s full sovereignty over its territory as the only solution to this artificial regional dispute,” HM the King noted.
In that regard, the Sovereign highlighted the firm position of the United States of America which “has been a source of real motivation – a position that is not affected by a change of Administration, nor is it influenced by new circumstances,” as well as the “clear, responsible stance of Spain,” which has paved the way for a new chapter in the Moroccan-Spanish partnership – a chapter that is not affected by regional circumstances or by domestic political developments.
HM the King also cited the constructive position regarding the Autonomy Initiative adopted by a number of European countries that include Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Hungary, Cyprus and Romania, which “will contribute to ushering in a new era of trust-based relations, and will help strengthen the qualitative partnership with these friendly countries.”
At the same time, nearly thirty countries have opened consulates in our southern provinces, thereby confirming their clear support for the Kingdom’s territorial integrity and the Moroccanness of the Sahara, the Sovereign pointed out, expressing his appreciation to the Kings, Emirs and Presidents of Arab sister nations, particularly those of Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Djibouti and the Comoro Islands, which have opened consulates in Laayoune and Dakhla.
HM the King also extended his thanks to the other Arab countries which have consistently confirmed their support for the Moroccanness of the Sahara, especially the Gulf Cooperation Council States, Egypt and Yemen.
“In the same vein, I should like to say how much I value the position adopted by our brothers in Africa; approximately 40% of African countries from five regional groups have opened consulates in Laayoune and Dakhla,” the Sovereign said.
According to HM the King, this dynamic trend also includes countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, as a number of states from those regions have opened consulates in the Moroccan Sahara, while others have chosen to extend their consulate jurisdiction to cover the Kingdom’s southern provinces as well.
“The pivotal element in defending the Moroccanness of the Sahara is the unity of the domestic front and the full mobilization of all Moroccans – wherever they may be – to confront the plots of the enemies,” the Sovereign added.
HM the King took this opportunity to “salute and commend the members of the Moroccan expatriate community, who spare no effort to defend our territorial integrity on various platforms and in different venues.