The bilateral talks held Tuesday in Lisbon between the UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy for the Sahara, Horst Kohler, and a Moroccan delegation, led by Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, were “rich” and “fruitful”. “This is neither a negotiation process nor a negotiation, but a meeting to discuss the developments of the Moroccan Sahara issue,” he said. Besides Bourita, the delegation included Morocco’s ambassador to the UN Omar Hilale as well as the presidents of two Sahara regions. The Lisbon meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss with the UN envoy the situation in the Maghreb, the cost of non-Maghreb and reasons obstructing the Maghreb construction, the Foreign Minister said. Secondly, the process should include all the stakeholders in this dispute, the actual parties who have been at the root of this regional dispute.
Source: The North Africa Journal March 07, 2018 18:11 UTC