The Moroccan Foreign Minister, Dr. Ahmed Laraki has held talks with Mauritanian leaders in the?
The Moroccan Foreign Minister, Dr. Ahmed Laraki has held talks with Mauritanian leaders in the wake of the Polisario Front guerrilla raid on the 1st of May on the Mauritanian mining town of Zouerate in which six people were killed and ten abducted. French nationals were among the dead and missing.
Spokemen for the Polisario Front in Algiers have denied that French nationals were among those abducted in the May Day raid on Zouerate. The spokesmen said the Polisario Front was not interested in foreign nationals but in economic and military targets. Zouerate is an important iron mining centre. The Mauritanian Head of State Moktar Ould Daddah has also said that neighbouring Mali has given refuge to Polisario guerrillas --a claim hotly denied by the Mali government.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Laraki arrived in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott on Friday (13 May) and held talks with Head of State Moktar Ould Daddah on Saturday (14 May).
Mauritania and Morocco jointly administer the Western Sahara, a former Spanish territory. The Algerian-backed Polisario Front is fighting for the region's independence. The Polisario raid also led to a further deterioration in relations between Algeria and France -- the former colonial administrator of Mauritania.
After the talks, Dr. Laraki said Morocco and Mauritania were united in maintaining their territorial integrity, and further talks would be held.