Marrakech - His Majesty King Mohammed VI received, Friday at the Royal Palace of Marrakech, Bilal AG Cherif, secretary general of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), accompanied by the movement's spokesperson, Moussa AG Attaher.
The meeting is part of the continuous efforts of His Majesty the King to achieve a lasting peace and stability in Mali, and to contribute to a settlement of the crisis in this country, since its outbreak in January 2012, said a statement from the King's Office.
At this meeting, the Monarch reiterated the constant concern of the Kingdom of Morocco to preserve the territorial unity and stability of the Republic of Mali, as well as the need to contribute to a solution and a compromise that would help fight the fundamentalist and terrorist organizations that threaten the Maghreb countries and the Sahel, and promote the development and dignity of the people of Mali, the same source added.
For his part, Bilal AG Cherif gave an overview before the Sovereign on the latest developments of the situation in northern Mali, and thanked His Majesty the King for his commitment to the fight against violence, extremism and terrorism threatening the Sahel and Sahara.
On this occasion, His Majesty the King encouraged the MNLA to continue to take part in the regional dynamics, initiated by the United Nations and ECOWAS, as a realistic and efficient approach to reach a final and lasting solution to the current crisis.
The Sovereign also reiterated the continued commitment of Morocco to working to achieve a solution to the crisis in Mali, given the historical ties between the Republic of Mali and the Kingdom, and the particular interest of His Majesty the King in the promotion of relations of brotherhood, solidarity and cooperation between the two countries.
The meeting was attended by foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar, and director of studies and documentation, Yassine El Mansouri.