For the second time in three months, the U.S. State Department Under Secretary for North Africa, Joshua Harris, toured the two main capitals of the region. First Algiers, where he met with the Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Attaf, with whom he discussed the question of Western Sahara, insisting on the need for an early political solution to this long-standing dispute which, since 1975, has been straining relations between Algeria and Morocco and affecting peace and stability in North West Africa.
Recently, the American administration promoted a new UN Security Council resolution extending for the umpteenth time the mandate of MINURSO and supporting the good offices mission deployed by the personal representative of the UN Secretary General, Staffan de Mistura.
After Algiers, the U.S. diplomat was scheduled to travel to Rabat with the same message to the head of Moroccan diplomacy, Nasser Bourita.
Last September, Joshua Harris made the same tour announcing an American plan for the peaceful solution of the Sahara problem without specifying its nature.
On that occasion, the Saharawi Movement for Peace (MSP) expressed its satisfaction for the intervention of the main world power in favor of a peaceful settlement of the Western Sahara problem.
Various sources in the Spanish capital, Madrid, agree that the administration of President Joe Biden is determined to push for a solution to the Saharawi dispute during the remainder of the mandate of the current UN Secretary General, António Guterres.