The Gambia Opens a Consulate in Dakhla
The inauguration ceremony was chaired by minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans abroad, Nasser Bourita, and his Gambian counterpart, Mamadou Tangara on Tuesday, January 7th , 2019.
The opening of the General Consulate follows the inauguration of a General Consulate by the Union of the Comoros in Laayoune on December the 18th. These are considered as two important diplomatic events that consecrate the Moroccan aspect of the Sahara.
The decisions made by the two countries to open General Consulates in the Moroccan Sahara represent an act of sovereignty that obeys to the diplomatic rules and customs in all ways.
The opening of these two General consulates intervenes in a context of strengthening the bilateral relations with these two African brother countries, all in the benefit in the African countries’ interests, in accordance with the Vienna convention on the establishment of consular relations of 1963.
Other countries will follow the step in the Union of Comoros and Gambia soon this year. The countries having 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 is to be emphasized that many African brother countries have numbers of their citizens who are established with their families in the cities of the Moroccan Sahara, where they are perfectly integrated, given the bold politics of migration and asylum, initiated by His Majesty the King and praised internationally.
The opening of these diplomatic forums in the Moroccan Sahara is 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.
Finally, it should be emphasized that these two important diplomatic events consolidate the image and the influence of the Moroccan Sahara as an anchor point for the Kingdom of Morocco in its continent of belonging, that His Majesty the King wishes to become a pole of development within the continent.