Upper House Speaker Confers with Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of Ecuador’s National Assembly

Speaker of the House of Advisors (upper house), Naama Mayara, met, on Monday in Rabat, with the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of the National Assembly of the Republic of Ecuador, Juan Fernando Flores, currently on a visit to Morocco. On this occasion, Mayara gave a brief overview of the composition of the House of Advisors, its constitutional position, and its powers in the areas of legislation, monitoring and evaluation of public policies, as well as in terms of parliamentary diplomacy, a statement from the Upper House said. He also emphasized the vitality and dynamism of the House in the diplomatic field, especially with regard to stronger relations with Latin America, which represents a strategic dimension for the interest of Morocco in the issue of South-South cooperation. Regarding the issue of the Moroccan Sahara, Mayara official presented data on the political and human aspects of the artificial dispute over the Moroccanness of the southern provinces. Some positions taken recently by Ecuador, such as its withdrawal from the so-called “support group for the Sahrawi people” in Geneva, give hope of a change in the country’s position on the conflict, he said. Mayara also gave a presentation on the political and human aspects of the artificial conflict over the Moroccan identity of the southern provinces, noting that some positions taken recently by Ecuador, such as withdrawing from the so-called “support group for the Sahrawi people” in Geneva, give rise to “relief” and hope that the country changes its position on the conflict, adopting positive neutrality and supporting the efforts of the United Nations on the issue. The Upper House Speaker also offered insights to the delegation on Morocco’s autonomy plan, voicing the wish that Ecuadorian parliamentarians convey the truth and a clear picture of this issue to their country’s officials and public opinion. For his part, Flores said his visit to Morocco aims to discover and know the reality of the situation in the Kingdom to build a new and different approach to relations between the two countries. He emphasized his “firm” willingness to form a group of friendship and cooperation between the Houses of both countries to enrich the parliamentary dialogue to serve the common interests of both parties. The Ecuadorian parliamentary delegation welcomed, in this regard, the efforts made by Morocco to regulate the legal status of thousands of migrants entering the country, highlighting the Kingdom’s experience in the area of migration.