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Japan renews refusal to recognize “Sahrawi Republic”

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Monday reiterated his country’s stance on the Sahara issue, saying Japan does not recognize the so-called “Sahrawi Republic” as a state.

During a press conference following his talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita, the Japanese President reiterated his unequivocal position during the preparatory ministerial meeting of the 7th International Conference on Development in Africa (TICAD) During the period from 5 to 7 October in the Japanese capital.

Taro Kono, who is currently on an official visit to Morocco, has confirmed that the presence of the so-called “Sahrawi Republic” for a preparatory ministerial meeting of the TICAD 7 conference “does not mean at all that Japan recognizes, explicitly or implicitly, this group as a state”.

For his part, Bourita stressed that Morocco and Japan agreed to strengthen their existing relations of cooperation in order to avoid anything that might harm the bilateral relations, especially during the coming year, as of the scheduled meetings in Japan.

The Minister stressed the need to preserve these relations with the hope of “everything that might weaken the foundations on which they are based.” He expressed his confidence that Morocco and Japan can overcome all difficulties if they cooperate within a framework of friendship and partnership.

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