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The King and UN Secretary General Discuss Maghreb, Sahara, Africa… issues

King Mohammed VI received, Tuesday afternoon, at the Royal Palace of Rabat, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.

The two men discussed several topical issues, including the intergovernmental Conference on migration, the situation in the Maghreb region and the African continent, and the Moroccan Sahara.

When touching on the Sahara issue in light of the round table held in Geneva on December 5-6, the Sovereign reiterated to Mr. Guterres the Kingdom’s support for the efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy to reach a final political solution to this regional dispute, a statement of the Royal Office said.

Mr. Guterres expressed to the Sovereign his gratitude for the successful organization, in Morocco, of the Intergovernmental Conference that adopted Monday the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Ordinary Migration, dubbed the “Marrakech Pact”.

The UN Chief also underlined the Kingdom’s achievements in human rights and its constructive role in promoting South-South cooperation and in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, the statement said.

Likewise, the UN Secretary-General commended the Kingdom’s generous and constant commitment to peacekeeping and peace-building operations, including the large contingents of the Royal Armed Forces deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.

The UN Chief arrived in Marrakesh Sunday and opened Monday the Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration that was adopted by over 150 countries.

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