Moroccan Sahara: US Reiterates Support for Autonomy Plan

The US reiterated on Monday its support for Morocco’s autonomy plan, considering it a “serious, credible, and realistic” proposal aimed at settling the regional conflict over the Moroccan Sahara.

“So there is no change in the U.S. position on this matter.  We continue to view Morocco’s autonomy plan as serious, as credible, as realistic,” affirmed the US State Department Principal Deputy Spokesperson, Vedant Patel, in his answer to a question about the telephone call between the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, and the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. 

The United States’ unwavering position was underlined in March by Binken, who reaffirmed his country’s support for Morocco’s autonomy plan as a sustainable political solution to the regional conflict over the Moroccan Sahara, under the auspices of the United Nations (UN).

During his talks with the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs in Washington, Blinken noted that the US “continues” to consider the Moroccan plan as a “serious, credible and realistic” proposal. 

The head of US diplomacy also reiterated, during his telephone call with Bourita on May 14, the United States “full support” to the Personal Envoy of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General for the Sahara, Staffan de Mistura.

Biden’s administration has established a tradition in Washington reflecting the importance of the Moroccan autonomy plan initiated by Morocco in 2007 for the resolution of the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara.

The unwavering position of the US, whether the administration was Democrat or Republican, has favored the historic recognition by this international power and influential member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council (SC) in 2020 of the full sovereignty of Morocco over its territory, particularly its southern provinces.

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