Italy commended Morocco’s “serious and credible efforts” aimed at finding a lasting solution to the conflict over the Moroccan Sahara, in the Action Plan for implementing the Multidimensional Strategic Partnership between Morocco and Italy, signed on July 5 in Rome.
The Action Plan, which was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, and his Italian counterpart, Antonio Tajani, stated that “Italy welcomes the serious and credible efforts undertaken by Morocco,” as reflected in Security Council (SC) Resolution 2654 of October 27, 2022.
Referring to the Moroccan Autonomy Plan, the document added that Italy also reiterated “its support for the efforts of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General to pursue the political process aimed at achieving a just, realistic, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara conflict, based on compromise in accordance with resolution 2654.”
In the same document, Italy “calls on all parties to commit to this political process, in a spirit of realism and compromise, and in accordance with the goals and principles enshrined in the United Nations (UN) Charter.”
The Action Plan, which is a follow-up to the Joint Declaration signed in Rabat on November 1, 2019, is a concrete step in implementing the Multidimensional Strategic Partnership between Morocco and Italy, a partnership focused on ongoing dialogue and practical, mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, conducted a working visit to Italy on July 5, at the invitation of his Italian counterpart, Antonio Tajani.
This visit is Bourita’s first visit to Italy following the appointment, in October 2022, of Tajani as Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.