Gambia had opened a Consulate General in Dakhla (Moroccan Sahara Region) on 7 January 2020, after the inauguration by the Union of the Comoros of a Consulate General in Laayoune (Moroccan Sahara Region) on 18 December 2019.

The decision of these two countries to open Consulates General in the Moroccan Sahara constitutes an act of sovereignty that obeys in all respects the rules and diplomatic customs, in accordance with the Vienna convention on the establishment of consular relations of 1963.

These two important diplomatic events consecrate the Moroccan aspect of the Sahara. Other countries will soon follow the example of the Union of the Comoros and the Gambia during the course of this year.

The opening of these two General consulates intervene in a context of strengthening the bilateral relations between Morocco and these two African countries, all in the benefit in the African countries’ interests.

The countries that have opened Consulates in the Moroccan Sahara are animated by the double willingness to develop their bilateral relations with the Kingdom of Morocco as well as to ensure consular services in favor of their citizens living in the Moroccan Sahara. It should be pointed out that many of African countries have their nationals who are established with their families in the cities of the Moroccan Sahara, where they are perfectly integrated.

These major diplomatic events are both a recognition for His Majesty the King’s African Vision for a continent animated by strong inter-African cooperation, and a strong testimony of the security and stability of the Saharan provinces of the Kingdom in a tumultuous regional context.

These events will also enable the Region of Moroccan Sahara to turn into a pole/base of development between Kingdom of Morocco and Africa.

Source: Morocco Government – press release

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