Opening of various Consulates in Sahara vindicate Moroccan authority

BYStaff Report


Rabat-Various African Countries inaugurated, recently, their Consulates in the Southern Provinces of the Kingdom of Morocco, reflecting especially the attractiveness and exceptional location of this region linking Morocco to its African Peers of the South.

On February 18, 2020, Côte d’Ivoire inaugurated its General Consulate in Laayoune, after having inaugurated months ago its Honorary Consulate in the same city.

Foreign Ministers of Côte d’Ivoire and Kingdom of Morocco inaugurating Côte d’Ivoire Consulate General in Laayoune

This significant decision reflects the excellent relations between Morocco and this brotherly West-African country and the willingness of Côte d’Ivoire to confer to its partnership with Morocco a Pan-African orientation.

In the Southern City of Dakhla, the Republic of Guinea opened in January its Consulate General which will allow interaction with the Guinean community, develop economic and commercial relations and support the presence of Guinean students in the region.

The opening of this diplomatic representation constitutes a means of economic exchange, given the fact that the city of Dakhla is a real link between Morocco and its African depth.

A week ago, Gambia, a brotherly country supportive of Morocco within continental and international fora also opened a new Consulate General in this charming city located on the Atlantic Ocean.

Republic of The Gambia opened a Consulate General in the southern city of Dakhla on January 9, 2020

For its part, Gabon, in presence of its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze, opened its Consulate General in the City of Laayoune, also located in Southern Morocco, which comes to emphasize the excellent relations between Morocco and Gabon, two excellent partners in the field of South-South Cooperation.

The Gabonese Consulate is the third to open in Laayoune, following the honorary consulate of Côte d’Ivoire, which opened last June, and the consulate general of the Union of the Comoros, which started providing its services in December.

The dynamic of the opening of these diplomatic representations is a clear message sent by Morocco to those who wish to find a solution under the full Moroccan sovereignty over its southern provinces and the territorial integrity of the Kingdom, given that the Moroccan identity of the Sahara is consolidated every day, through diplomatic positions and legal measures, like the opening of consulates, successive statements of important countries and resolutions of the Security.

With these openings of diplomatic representations, the policy undertaken by African countries to open their General Consulates in the main cities in the Moroccan Sahara reflects the support of African countries to the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Union of the Comoros opened a consulate general in the southern city of Laâyoune on 18 December 2019

The group of countries which recognize the Moroccan Sahara and open their General Consulates in the Moroccan Sahara is gradually expanding.

This reflects a tangible and palpable reality of a broader momentum among the majority of countries within the international community in favor of the Autonomy Initiative, confirmed as the only solution to the artificial dispute on the Moroccan Sahara.

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