The UN Secretary General’s personal envoy for the Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, was in Rabat on Thursday, from where he started his first tour of the region since taking office in November 2021.
After Morocco and his talks with the head of diplomacy, Nasser Bourita, Mistura’s tour includes meetings with Polisario officials in Tindouf and Rabouni, before taking him to Algiers and Nouakchott. All in the wake of the implementation of resolution 2602 adopted on October 29, 2021 by the UN Security Council.
Reiterating its support for the UN envoy, the Biden administration, part of the continuity of the American recognition, in December 2020, of the Moroccanness of the Sahara, welcomed this tour, as well as the efforts of de Mistura “to relaunch a process credible policy leading to a lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the conflict”.
“We welcome Staffan de Mistura’s first visit to the region as the personal envoy of the
UN Secretary General for the Sahara. We support his efforts to restart a credible political process leading to a lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the conflict (…)”, tweeted the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department.
We welcome Staffan de Mistura’s first visit to the region as the Personal Envoy of the @A SG for Western Sahara. We support his efforts in restarting a credible political process leading to an enduring and mutually acceptable political solution to the Western Sahara conflict.
— US State Dept – Near Eastern Affairs (@StateDept_NEA) January 14, 2022
Abundant in the same direction, the Embassy of the United States in Rabat, echoed the same statement, welcoming this tour which, it hoped, would contribute to a relaunch of the process of settling this dispute. regional.
نرحب بالزيارة الأولى لستافان دي ميستورا للمنطقة بصفته المبعوث الخاص للأمم المتحراء الغربية. كما ندعم جهوده لاستئناف مسار سياسيي ذي مصداقية يسفر عن حل سياسي دائم ومقبول من جميع الأطراف لنزاع الصحراء الغربية. https://t.co/Z21kib2aV4
— US Embassy Morocco (@USEmbMorocco) January 14, 2022
As a reminder, the appointment of a successor to the German Horst Köhler had been a success for the American Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who had worked to accelerate the appointment process which was stalled at the time.
He had raised the issue on March 29, 2021, during his first meeting, by videoconference with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres. In this sense, he had reaffirmed “the support of the United States for the political negotiations and urged the Secretary General (of the UN) to activate the appointment of a personal envoy” for the Sahara.