The United Arab Emirates reiterated, before the members of the UN Committee of 24 (C24), its “total support” for Morocco’s sovereignty and legitimate rights over its entire Sahara.
“The State of the United Arab Emirates renews its full support for the brotherly Kingdom of Morocco in the measures it undertakes to defend its legitimate rights and its just causes, including its sovereignty over the entire region of the Moroccan Sahara”, said the Emirati representative, Majid Khamis Al Ali, during the annual meeting of the C24 held in New York.
The diplomat also expressed his country’s support for the autonomy initiative presented by Morocco in 2007 and which the Security Council describes as “serious and credible” in its resolutions, stressing that this initiative is an “important solution ” in line with the Charter of the United Nations and the resolutions of the international organization and which respects the territorial integrity of Morocco.
In this context, he stressed the importance of resuming the round table process between the parties, while welcoming the holding of the two round table sessions in 2018 and 2019 in Geneva.
The diplomat also praised the efforts of the Personal Envoy of the UN SG for the Sahara, Staffan de Mistura and the tours he made in the region in January, July and September.
He also noted that the opening by his country of a Consulate General in the Moroccan Sahara, like other countries, reflects the unshakable conviction of the United Arab Emirates of Morocco’s sovereignty over its Sahara, insisting that the territorial integrity of the Kingdom must not be the object of any attack.
In this sense, the diplomat welcomed the opening by 28 countries of their general consulates in the cities of Laayoune and Dakhla.
Abundant in the same direction, the Emirati diplomat welcomed the sustained efforts made by Morocco to improve the living conditions of the populations in the Sahara and to raise the human development indicators in this region within the framework of the development model. of the southern provinces launched by King Mohammed VI in 2015.