US Deputy Assistant Secretary for North Africa, Joshua Harris, reiterated, on Thursday, the United States’ support for the Morocco-proposed autonomy plan as a “serious, credible and realistic” solution to the dispute over the Sahara.
“The United States continues to view Morocco’s Autonomy Plan as serious, credible and realistic,” the US Embassy in Rabat said in a press release following the talks Mr. Harris had with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita in Rabat on Thursday.
He also affirmed full U.S. support for the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the Sahara Staffan de Mistura.
The US official, who was accompanied by US ambassador to Morocco, Puneet Talwar, on the other hand “reaffirmed the deep and historic partnership between the United States and Morocco.”
Joshua Harris, whose visit to Rabat is part of a regional tour that will also take him to Algeria, underscored US appreciation for Morocco’s crucial efforts on a wide range of regional and global challenges, including addressing instability in the Sahel, supporting Libyan elections, and promoting equal measures of freedom, security, and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians.