Riyadh Renews Support for Morocco's Interests, Territorial Integrity

Wednesday, 19 June, 2019 - 11:15
New York - Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi Arabia welcomed efforts exerted by the UN chief for rebooting political negotiations concerning the Western Sahara conflict based on the 2007 UN Security Council framework, especially resolution 2468. The Kingdom also voiced its rejection of any attack on Morocco's national interests, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Adopted on April 30, 2019, resolution 2468 underlines the need for a political, realistic and durable solution to the Moroccan Sahara conflict on the basis of consensus.

Speaking, on Monday in New York at the 24th commission of the UN General Assembly, Saudi diplomat Faycel Bin Nacer El Hekbani stressed that Morocco has contributed with seriousness and good faith to UN-sponsored efforts to find a durable solution to the conflict, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

El Hekbani reiterated his country's support for Morocco's efforts, stressing the importance of showing realism and a spirit of consensus between all involved parties.

Backing the Moroccan autonomy proposal, El Hekbani said it guarantees for locals in southern provinces their status and role, without discrimination or exclusion, as well as their effective participation in the country’s economic, social and cultural development while taking into account the particularities of the Sahara region and in accordance with international standards.

The autonomy initiative is a consensual solution in line with international law, the UN Charter, and resolutions by the Security Council and the General Assembly, said the Saudi diplomat, noting that this proposal meets the principle of self-determination.

El Hekbani commended Moroccan government efforts to achieve economic and social development in its southern provinces, while welcoming the development plan launched by Morocco in the Sahara in 2015 with a budget of $8 billion for improving the living conditions of the local population.

He added that Saudi Arabia lauds Morocco's important achievements in the field of human rights and its interaction with international human rights mechanisms, as well as the role by the regional committees of the National Human Rights Council in Laayoune and Dakhla.

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