St. Vincent and the Grenadines Reaffirms Support for Morocco’s Territorial Integrity, Considers the Autonomy Plan ‘Unique Solution’ to Moroccan Sahara Issue

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has reaffirmed its support for Morocco’s territorial integrity, stressing that the autonomy plan presented by the Kingdom is “the unique solution” to definitively resolve the regional dispute over the Sahara. This position was expressed in a joint communiqué issued at the end of talks held in Rabat on Friday between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, and the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, currently on a working visit to the Kingdom. In this context, Gonsalves hailed Morocco’s commitment to the political process under the auspices of the United Nations and the Kingdom’s full cooperation with the UN Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Staffan de Mistura. He also praised the UN’s efforts as the exclusive framework for achieving a realistic, pragmatic and lasting political solution to the regional conflict over the Sahara. According to the joint statement, Bourita briefed the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the latest developments on the Moroccan Sahara issue and reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to the ongoing political process aimed at reaching a just and final solution to this artificial conflict. During his visit to Morocco, Gonsalves met with the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rachid Talbi El Alami.