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Gabonese President Renews Constant Support For Moroccan Sahara -Joint Statement.

The president of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, has reiterated the "firm and constant support of the Gabonese Republic for the Moroccan Sahara and the territorial integrity of Morocco."

In the joint statement issued on the occasion of the visit of HM King Mohammed VI to Libreville, the Gabonese head of state stressed that "the peaceful and lasting solution to this regional dispute can only be achieved on the basis of the Moroccan initiative aimed at granting the Sahara region broad autonomy within the framework of the sovereignty, national unity and territorial integrity of Morocco."

"This initiative is the suitable means to reach a peaceful and lasting solution to this regional dispute," said Mr. Bongo.

The Gabonese President congratulated HM the King on the "major political, economic, social and cultural reforms which have enabled Morocco to achieve substantial advances in establishing a modern and democratic state."

Mr. Bongo also highlighted the innovative regionalization project on which Morocco has embarked, and which aims to provide regions with democratic institutions and socio-economic instruments to respond to the population's expectations.

He also amphasised the importance of the return of Morocco to the African Union (AU) and has committed to working in this direction.

According to the joint statement, "HM the King congratulated President Bongo on the historic speech he had delivered on September 12 before Parliament in which he had set out the broad lines of the Strategic Emerging Gabon Plan based on three pillars: Green Gabon, Industrial Gabon and Services Gabon."

The Sovereign also congratulated the president of Gabon on his consensual approach marked by dialogue, exchange and consultation with various political and socio-professional stakeholders of the country. "Thanks to this approach, Gabon has managed to strengthen its unity, social cohesion and political stability," the statement said.

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