PARIS, May 10 (KUNA) -- French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, who is leaving
office with the outgoing government Thursday, met late Wednesday with his
Moroccan counterpart Saad Eddine Al-Othmani to discuss bilateral ties and also
regional issues like the Western Sahara problem.
A statement here Thursday indicated that the two men stressed "the
exceptional nature of relations, praising economic trade and extremely deep
cultural and human ties between the two countries."
France is the largest trading partner in Europe for Morocco and is also the
leading foreign investor in that nation.
On the Western Sahara, France reiterated its support for a solution to this
contentious issue "according to the terms of resolution 2044" voted in the
France has supported a Moroccan proposal to grant extensive autonomy to the
Western Sahara, where Polisario rebels have fought a decades-long war to try
to gain independence. (end)
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