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Congress sends strong support of Morocco autonomy plan and US-Morocco relations

Last updated Wednesday, November 20, 2013 15:17 ET

"Morocco caucus" at the US Congress reiterated its firm support of the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara

11/20/2013 / SubmitMyPR /

On the eve of a meeting between HM King Mohammed VI and president Barack Obama in the White House, the "Morocco caucus" at the US Congress reiterated its firm support of the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara and recalled:

The caucus stresses the utmost importance that this issue has for Morocco, calling on the president to seize the "opportunity" of the Moroccan king's visit to "reaffirm the US unchanged policy of support to a settlement based on large autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty.

The Moroccan autonomy initiative put forward by Morocco in 2007 remains "the best framework for a negotiated political solution," says the letter which also insists "it is one of the few issues enjoying wide consensus both at the House of Representatives and the Senate".

The congress members recall that Morocco, the first nation to recognize the United States of America, is "a friend country and a solid partner in North Africa", sharing "our values and aspirations for the region. As such, the letter goes on, "given the current juncture at the regional level", relations with Morocco have "a capital and strategic importance".

The Morocco caucus also urges for seizing the opportunity of HM the King's trip to Washington to consolidate "strategic relations" with Morocco to face "common challenges in North Africa and the Sahel region"