During a videoconference interview with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen’Apala, reiterated, Thursday, the historic position of support by his country for the Moroccan character of the Sahara as well as the entire solidarity of his country with Morocco for the search for a lasting solution to this dispute, in the framework of the sovereignty of the Kingdom and under the exclusive aegis of the United Nations. In this regard, the two ministers insisted on the imperative of respect for standards and procedures within the organs of the African Union (AU), and reaffirmed the relevance of decision 693 of the Summit of Heads of State and AU government of July 2018, which established the exclusivity of the UN as a framework for the search for a solution to the regional dispute around the Moroccan Sahara, indicates a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation African and Moroccans living abroad. In addition, the two ministers welcomed the excellence of the historical ties of friendship and solidarity between the two countries, which are experiencing a new impetus in accordance with the guidelines of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo and to their common desire to make Moroccan-Congolese relations a model of inter-African cooperation, based on the values of solidarity, exchange and sharing. Addressing the situation in the DRC, Nasser Bourita praised the efforts made by the Congolese authorities for the promotion of democracy, security and development. He also paid tribute to the initiatives and actions taken by President Tshisekedi, in his capacity as current President of the AU, ensuring respect and defense of the sovereignty and unity of African States. The minister also praised the contribution of the Congolese president to the efforts of the international community for the promotion of regional peace and stability, the statement said. Nasser Bourita and Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen’Apala noted the perfect agreement of their points of view on the various issues of common interest, stressing the importance of strengthening communication and coordination in the various international bodies. Nasser Bourita reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to support the DRC in its development efforts, particularly in areas with high socio-economic impact such as agriculture, health, water, electricity and renewable energies. The two ministers agreed on the organization of the 6th session of the large joint Morocco-DRC cooperation commission before the end of the year and also examined the possibility of establishing a mechanism for political consultations as well as of programming a Morocco-DRC Economic Forum, in 2022 in Kinshasa, the press release said. As such, the two ministers stressed the need to revitalize the Morocco-DRC Business Council in order to further promote trade and economic exchanges between the two countries and to take advantage of the Congolese consular presence in Dakhla, which is called to become a center of excellence in regional economic integration, concludes the ministry.