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Sahara: The message of King Mohammed VI to El Salvador

Morocco is ready to open a new page of South-South cooperation with El Salvador, according to the guidelines of King Mohammed VI, said Saturday in San Salvador, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.

“I am here in San Salvador on the instructions of His Majesty the King to reiterate the congratulations of the Sovereign to the new Salvadorian President, and to mark the commitment of His Majesty the King to open a new page in relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and El Salvador”, said Bourita at a joint briefing with Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele, in the presence of the Kingdom’s ambassador to Guatemala and El Salvador, Tarik Louajri.

The withdrawal of the recognition of the pseudo “SADR” by the Government of El Salvador corrects an anomaly and a decision contrary to international law and to the international trend with respect to this issue, underlined the Minister, noting that this decision paves the way a strengthening of the partnership between the two countries in all fields.

Nasser Bourita said Morocco and El Salvador have signed an agreement that will strengthen cooperation in important areas for both countries, such as tourism, agriculture, water resources management and renewable energy, adding that in these areas, the two countries will develop concrete projects, mutually beneficial and serving the populations of both countries.

“The message that HM the King has given me to convey to the Salvadoran president is that he can count on Morocco as a reliable partner, who will develop solidarity and pragmatic South-South cooperation with El Salvador,” he indicated.

Recall that El Salvador announced Saturday its decision to withdraw its recognition of the pseudo “SADR”, affirming its support for the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco, its national sovereignty, and the autonomy initiative as the only solution the regional dispute over the Sahara.

“For ideological reasons, El Salvador had recognized a virtual republic, non-existent, that has no territory or population,” said the head of state of El Salvador during a joint briefing with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.

“El Salvador’s relations with Morocco and all Arab countries have since weakened for a decision that makes no sense for purely ideological reasons,” Bukele said.

Admitting that the decision to recognize the “SADR” has “isolated (his) country from Morocco and the Arab world”, the President of El Salvador expressed the willingness of El Salvador to strengthen relations of cooperation with the Kingdom in all areas.

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