Bourita: “The opening of the consulates of African countries in the Sahara is the fruit of the enlightened vision of the king”

The inauguration of diplomatic representation in the southern provinces by several African countries is the fruit of the enlightened vision of King Mohammed VI, said Nasser Bourita, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Foreign Affairs.

This “well-studied” African strategy is based on the opening of the empire to all regions of the continent and the desire to make the southern provinces a link between Morocco and its African depths, said Nasser Borita who was speaking. Eisenhower Nduwa Makaka, his Malawi counterpart, at the end of the opening ceremony of this country’s Consulate General in Laeune, during a joint press briefing on Thursday.

He said that this new African policy of the state, the foundation of which was laid by the sovereign, had a “very positive” effect on the development of the dossier of the state’s territorial integrity.

The Minister noted that 1/3 of the consulates opened so far in Laoune and Dakhla belong to African countries representing all regions of the continent: West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa, specifying that the continent Several other countries of the U.S. have expressed their desire. Will soon inaugurate representation in the southern provinces of the state.

He recalled in this context that five countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) now have diplomatic branches in the Moroccan Sahara: the DRC, Zambia, Eswatini, the Comoros Islands in addition to Malawi.

Nasser Bourita noted that the opening of a Malawi consulate in Laoune is part of the new dynamism of bilateral relations, following the country’s decision in 2017 to withdraw recognition of the pseudo “SADR”, and the willingness of both states to pursue develop their cooperation.

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Since that date, he continued, relations between the two countries have experienced steady growth in all areas in the political, economic and experience-sharing areas, recalling the decision of Morocco and Malawi to soon set up a bilateral Joint Commission. To bring together and open representation. Rabat and Lilongwe.

The Minister expressed the hope that the opening of the Malawi Consulate in Laoune can serve as a tool to strengthen economic ties and humanitarian exchanges between the two countries and the two peoples.

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