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Rabat — The United Nations Secretary General's Secretary General for Western Sahara, Christopher arrived in Rabat (Morocco), where he met on Tuesday, with the Minister-delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, said press sources.

Wednesday, Ross should meet with the Moroccan minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, added the sources.

During his tour to the region, Ross went to Algeria and was received by the State Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ramtane Lamamra and the Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel.

The Ross-Lamamra meetings focused on "the Western Sahara issue and the prospects of its settlement," according to a communiqué of the ministry of Foreign Affairs which underlines that the two parties "also broached the preparations of the visit of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, to Algeria scheduled on 6 and 7 March."

"The situation in the region, in Africa and the Middle East as well as the issue of terrorism and all the threats it causes to international peace and security," will be on the programme of this visit, said the source.

On this occasion, Messahel reiterated "Algeria's support to the efforts of the UN Secretary General and of its special envoy aimed at relaunching the process of political settlement of the Western Sahara issue."

As part of the same tour, Ross went to Spain where he received guarantees for the Spanish authorities' continuation to support UN efforts to find a just and sustainable peaceful solution to the Sahrawi issue able to allow the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to freedom and self-determination.

"Spain supports the international efforts aimed at finding a just and sustainable political solution that guarantees the right of Sahrawi people to self-determination," said the Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ignacio Ybanez, cited by the Sahrawi Press Agency, SPS.

The UN envoy, Christopher Ross, arrived Monday to Spain, following a tour that led him to Algeria, to the Sahrawi Refugee camps and to Mauritania as part of an official visit to the region.

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