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Colombia recognizes Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara

The Vice-President and Minister of External Relations of Colombia, Marta Lucia Ramirez, announced the instructions given to the new Ambassador of her country in Rabat, to extend the consular jurisdiction of the Embassy of Colombia to the Kingdom of Morocco over all Moroccan territory, including the Sahara.

A Joint Communiqué published in Rabat, following talks between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita, with the Colombian official, currently on an official visit to the Kingdom, indicates that Ms. Ramirez informed Bourita “of the instructions given to the new Ambassador of Colombia in Rabat, to extend the consular jurisdiction of the Embassy of Colombia to the Kingdom of Morocco over all Moroccan territory, including the Sahara”.

Likewise, Bourita briefed the Vice-President and Minister of External Relations of Colombia on the latest developments relating to the Autonomy Initiative for the Sahara Region, presented by Morocco in 2007.

For her part, Ms. Ramirez underlined, as recognized in various UN Security Council resolutions, “the serious efforts made by the Kingdom of Morocco in the search for a political, pragmatic, realistic solution and lasting to this dispute, within the framework of the political process carried out under the exclusive auspices of the United Nations,” adds the Joint Communiqué.

In this sense, the Vice-President and Minister of External Relations of Colombia underlined “the importance of the Moroccan Initiative, with a view to reaching a political, realistic, lasting solution based on the compromise of all parties, in with a view to putting an end to this question, which is vital for Morocco, within the framework of its sovereignty and its territorial integrity”.

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