Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita stated that his country is determined to definitively “turn the page” on the Western Sahara conflict but without giving up its “legitimate rights” over the territory, amid heightened tensions with neighbouring Algeria.
Bourita stated that Morocco is committed to finding a solution to the regional conflict stemming from the opposition of Algeria to its legitimate rights to the consummation of its territorial integrity, during talks with senators in Rabat on Tuesday.
Tensions between Morocco and Algeria over the former Spanish colony, which Rabat sees as its own sovereign territory, have flared over the past few months. So much so that bilateral relations between the two Maghreb countries were severed by Algeria, which cited various “hostile actions” by Morocco towards itself.
Algiers backs Western Sahara’s Polisario Front.
The US administration of former President Donald Trump recognized Morocco’s claim over the territory last year. The move diverged from years of international consensus that Western Sahara’s future should be settled by a UN-supervised referendum.