Moroccan Sahara: Zambia’s Position Remains “Constant” and “Positive”
The position of the Republic of Zambia regarding the Moroccan Sahara matter remains "constant" and "positive", and in accordance with international law and the interests of the Kingdom of Morocco.
The position of the Republic of Zambia regarding the Moroccan Sahara matter remains “constant” and “positive”, and in accordance with international law and the interests of the Kingdom of Morocco.
During a press conference held on Friday, March 5th, in Rabat, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, emphasized that Zambia’s position regarding the Moroccan Sahara matter still remains “constant” and “positive”, and in accordance with international law and the interests of the Kingdom of Morocco.
Following his meeting with Zambian counterpart, Joseph Malanji, Bourita extended his thanks to the Republic of Zambia for this “active” and “constant” support to the legitimate positions of Morocco.
The minister indicated, “We often exchange on our bilateral relations and on regional issues, in particular within the African continent and within the framework of the African Union (AU)”, adding that this work is held within the framework of the roadmap, put in place during King Mohammed VI’s visit to Lusaka in 2017, and during which many agreements were signed and a vision for bilateral cooperation was established.
Since then, he added, “we are committed to implementing this roadmap with many concrete actions”.
In this regard, Bourita said that on the economic level, trade between the two countries has evolved by nearly 25% since 2018, adding that political consultations are more regular and that coordination is done on almost all subjects. .
The minister also stated that cooperation in the field of education has been strengthened by granting nearly a hundred scholarships to pursue studies in Zambia, including 30 in southern provinces.
He also said that the diplomatic representations of Morocco in Lusaka and Zambia in Rabat and Laayoune will strengthen the interaction between the two countries and boost sectoral cooperation, especially as they will have a role important to play to support the positive dynamic experienced by bilateral relations.
For his part, the Zambian minister made it clear that Zambia has appointed its “best diplomats” to work in these two diplomatic representations. Malanji also rejected allegations relayed by Algerian media of a withdrawal of the Zambian consulate from Laayoune, stressing that Zambia is a “sovereign state” which communicates through official and government channels and does not react to allegations spread via social networks.
“The inauguration of the Zambian embassy on October 24th, 2020, our independence day, is a clear indication of the trajectory of our relations,” concluded Malanji.