HM King Mohammed VI

The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, M. Nasser Bourita, said on Tuesday 27 October 2020 that the continued opening of consulates general of friendly and brotherly countries in Laâyoune and Dakhla is the fruit of the wise African Policy of HM King Mohammed VI.

In fact, since the end of 2019, the Moroccan Sahara has witnessed a strong diplomatic dynamic with the inauguration of 15consularrepresentations,despite the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the desperate gesticulations of the enemies of Morocco’s Territorial Integrity.

Out of the 15 countries representing the various regions of Africa (West, East, Central and Southern), eight (8)have opened consulates general in the city of Lâayoune, namely of the Union of the Comoros, Gabon, the Central African Republic, Sao Tome and Principe, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire and lately of Eswatini and Zambia and seven(7) in the city of Dakhla : Liberia, Djibouti, Gambia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea Bissau.

The opening of these Consular Bodies demonstrate the profound historical ties as well as the excellent relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and these African countries and clearly reaffirm the irreversible Moroccanity of the Sahara. It also increases the instrumental presence, especially that of Africa, in the Moroccan Sahara.

By so doing, Africa, with its Arabic-speaking, French-speaking, English-speaking and Portuguese-speaking diversity, sends a clear message to the international community that the Moroccanity of the Sahara is irreversible.

This is a major and fore ground development illustrating the absence of any other solution to the question of the Moroccan Sahara than within the framework of the Moroccan sovereignty and territorial integrity under the auspices of the United Nations.

Morocco will undoubtedly continue its policy of opening up Consulates General to African countries to make the Sahara a link between Morocco and the rest of Africa.

The Southern Provinces have now turned into a hub and a transit point between the North and the South, between the Kingdom of Morocco and the rest of the Continent thanks to the New Development Model for the Southern Provinces and-to the Royal Wise African Policy which has made Morocco a credible partner, with a strong presence within the African Union and African institutions as a whole.

This Royal policy has relied, over the past twenty years on initiative, solidarity and the obligation to move from words to action, in addition to establishing “fruitful partnerships that benefit every one”.

Today, Morocco’s partnerships are no longer limited to the neighborhood of the Kingdom, but rather extend to the countries of the extreme south of the continent and are based on the same principles of cooperation, credibility and friendship.

As Mr. Bouritastated, this dynamic “goes in the direction of increased support for the Moroccan identity of the Sahara, a reality which is neither negotiable nor debatable”, stressing that the Sahara is Moroccan “by law, by history, by the will of its population and by the growing support of the international community and the friends of Morocco”.

False allegations and moves by other parties will not change this reality, the Minister insisted, noting that the local population is enjoying the tangible impact of the sustained development process taking place in the Moroccan Sahara.

The inhabitants of the region manage their own affairs in a democratic manner, which-re enforces the legitimacy and the soundness of the issue of the Kingdom’s territorial integrity, said Mr. Bourita, noting that the United Nations recognizes the role of elected representatives of the southern provinces as legitimate interlocutors and representatives of the population.

by @ayele-addis

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