Following the message of HM King of Morocco MOHAMMED VI to the newly elected President of the Republic of Kenya, Mr. William RUTO, the Republic of Kenya has decided to withdraw the recognition of the so-called « sadr » and to initiate the steps to close its representation in Nairobi.
A joint statement, excerpts of which were made public by the website of the State House of the Republic of Kenya following the delivery, on 14th September, of a message from HM the King to the Kenyan Head of State, said that « the Republic of Kenya decided to withdraw its recognition of the so-called ‘sadr’ and to close its representation in Nairobi ».
The statement adds that « in deference to the principle of territorial integrity and non-interference, The Republic of Kenya extends total support to the serious and credible autonomy plan proposed by the Kingdom of Morocco, as the unique solution based on Morocco’s territorial integrity » to solve the Sahara issue.
« The Republic of Kenya supports the United Nations framework as the exclusive mechanism to find a lasting and durable political solution of the dispute over Sahara issue ».
In His message, HM King MOHAMMED VI congratulates William Samoei RUTO for His election as the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya and commends the successful conclusion of Kenya’s democratic election in August 2022, which cements the country’s position as a democratic beacon on the continent ».
The Moroccan Sovereign further lauds the Promise by Kenya’s President to bolster and deepen the current bilateral relationship between his country and various states in Africa and elsewhere.
For his part, Mr. William RUTO expressed his commitment to work with His Majesty towards enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries, lauding the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI in promoting tolerance and accommodative policies in the Maghreb Region and also His contribution to global peace and security.
The two countries have committed to upscale their bilateral diplomatic relationship to a strategic partnership within 6 months as the Republic of Kenya is committed to open its Embassy in Rabat.
It was also agreed to immediately accelerate economic, trade and social relations in the areas of fisheries, agriculture & food security (fertilizer importation), health, tourism, renewable energy, security collaboration, and cultural, religious and people to people exchange among other sectors.
The Royal message was delivered by a delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser BOURITA.
It is to be reminded that the Kenyan stance comes as a further indication of Morocco’s largely effective continental diplomacy, with Kenya joining a growing list of African countries that have embraced Morocco’s stance on the Sahara dispute.