Major developments marked the southern provinces during this year (ambassador)

Major developments marked the Saharan provinces of the Kingdom during this year, underlined the Ambassador of Morocco to Belgium and to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Mohamed Ameur. In a video message addressed to political circles, economic actors, civil society, the media and friends of Morocco in Belgium and in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on the occasion of the anniversary of the glorious Green March, the Moroccan diplomat recalled the historical significance of this epic which allowed Morocco to recover its Saharan provinces. The ambassador indicated that the spirit of the Green March has remained alive and has enabled the southern provinces to experience considerable economic and social development under the enlightened leadership of HM King Mohammed VI. These provinces dear to the Moroccan people, he explained, have experienced five major developments this year, namely the opening of dozens of consulates in Laâyoune and Dakhla, which constitutes a diplomatic gesture through which many countries show their support. to Morocco’s efforts and above all to the autonomy proposal for a negotiated political solution based on the compromise to the artificial regional dispute around the Moroccan Sahara. The second development, continued Mr. Ameur, concerns the securing of the Guerguarate area, which is a strategic axis through which, for centuries, traffic has passed between Africa and Europe via Morocco. The third major development, said the Ambassador, is the recognition by the United States of America of Morocco’s sovereignty over its Saharan provinces and support for the autonomy project as a basis for a just and lasting solution. This decision, he added, is a call to the international community in particular to Europe for a stronger commitment in the search for a peaceful settlement to a regional dispute which handicaps the Maghreb, reinforces the vulnerability of a region already facing multiple threats and having a negative impact on Europe, for whom the Maghreb is its real southern border. The fourth development that has marked the Saharan provinces this year lies in the extraordinary economic development of these regions which have seen the deployment of major projects driven by national and international investment. This exceptional dynamic, underlined Mr. Ameur, reinforces the integration of the territories into the national community and consolidates their links with the African continent. Finally, the fifth important development is the organization of the first general elections in the history of the Kingdom (legislative, regional and communal in the same day), noted the ambassador, stressing that in the southern provinces, these elections were marked by a participation rate that exceeds the national average (+ 60%). These consultations, he noted, confirm the unwavering attachment of the populations to the Moroccan character of the Sahara and their commitment to strengthening the democratic institutions of their country. At the national level, this triple ballot reaffirms Morocco’s irreversible commitment to building a stronger and more inclusive democratic society, noted the ambassador, recalling that national and international observers hailed the political alternation, democratic maturity and the stability of Morocco in a very turbulent regional environment. These major developments, added the ambassador, confirm the dynamic at work in the Saharan provinces of the Kingdom since their return to the mother country in 1975, a dynamic which makes these territories today a leading player on the national and continental scenes. And to conclude that Morocco’s attachment to a just and lasting political solution based on compromise, as stipulated in all United Nations resolutions for the settlement of this regional dispute, is matched only by determination and unanimous will of a whole people under the enlightened leadership of HM King Mohammed VI to defend its territorial integrity and to thwart those who maintain and instrumentalize the tension in the region. With MAP