Central African Republic backs Morocco on Sahara, defies Algerian pressure

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The Central African Republic reaffirms its support for Morocco's sovereignty over the Sahara. This position was expressed on Monday, June 10 in Rabat, by Foreign Minister Sylvie Baïpo-Temon, following her talks with her Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita.

The foreign minister indicated in a press statement that her country «always stands alongside the Kingdom of Morocco and the efforts it is making to find a solid and peaceful solution» to the question of the Sahara. Baïpo-Temon also emphasized that the Moroccan autonomy plan «is a peaceful solution that is in line with the UN Charter».

This position reiterated by the Central African Republic sounds like a setback for Algeria. On May 19, the eastern neighbor received Sylvie Baïpo-Temon. The context of this support from Bangui to Rabat is reminiscent of the support expressed by Senegal in favor of Morocco's sovereignty over the Sahara on May 27, just five days after an official visit to Dakar by the Algerian Foreign Minister, Ahmed Attaf.

On January 23, 2020, the Central African Republic opened a general consulate in Laayoune. An inauguration then condemned by Algeria.

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