The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, continues his consultations with his African counterparts. Yesterday Monday, he met, by videoconference, with his counterparts from Rwanda, Congo and Togo, notably on the issue of Western Sahara.
Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita continues his consultations with his counterparts across the continent and in the rest of the world. The head of Moroccan diplomacy met, via video conference, with the heads of diplomacy of Rwanda, Congo and Togo. The Western Sahara issue was at the heart of the exchanges with his counterparts from Togo and Congo, two countries which, since the reign of Hassan II, are known for their support to the positions of the kingdom on this issue.
These consultations come at a time when Algeria holds the rotating presidency of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union during the month of May. But the highlight of his talks is undoubtedly the meeting with his Rwandan counterpart Vincent Biruta: « Nasser Bourita and Vincent Biruta have decided to act so that each of the two countries is for the other an anchor in the defense of mutual interests at regional, continental and international levels, » said the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.
The Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vincent Biruta « noted the efforts of Morocco to reach a negotiated political solution to the regional dispute over this issue. Better still, he ‘expressed the firm support of the Republic of Rwanda within the framework and in respect of decision 693 of the July 2018 Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union’ organised in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
A resolution which, as a reminder, had announced the withdrawal of the examination of the regional dispute from the Peace and Security Council of the African Union in favour of the mechanism of a presidential troika. Kigali is thus officially distancing itself from the campaign led by Algeria and some of the Polisario’s allies on the continent, notably Kenya and South Africa, to return to the situation that prevailed before July 2018.
The new political momentum between the two countries was sealed by the visits of President Paul Kagame, in June 2016 to Morocco, and King Mohammed VI, in October of the same year, to Rwanda. Since then, contacts between the two leaders have continued. It should be noted that Rwanda has recognised the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic since 1976.