The Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Mr. Joey Hood, has reiterated that the position of the United States of America with regard to the settlement of the conflict in Western Sahara was clear and was based on a United Nations-led process leading to an agreement that would allow for peace and stability in the region.
In a statement on the sidelines of his working visit to Algeria on 25-26 July, Mr. Hood stressed that Washington was looking forward to a “United Nations-led process leading to an agreement that enables peace and stability” in the region, adding: “This is what is best for the region, and this is what we will put our time, energy and effort into.”
The US official also expressed his hope that “a personal envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, for Western Sahara will be appointed as soon as possible.”
He pointed out that “Washington is ready to provide the necessary support to help the new envoy begin his duties as soon as possible, in coordination (..) with its partners and allies, including Algeria.”
It is worth noting that the US official’s statements came to reaffirm the position recently announced by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, which renewed his country’s position in support of the United Nations efforts aimed at reaching a solution to the Western Sahara issue.