Southern Morocco: Gabon and Guinea in their Turn to Open a Consulate

Guinea and Gabon inaugurated, on Friday, a consulate general in the southern provinces of Morocco, opening, after Comoros and Gambia, foreign diplomatic representations.

Guinea has always had a “clear and positive position on the issue of Moroccan Sahara,” said Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita on the occasion of the inauguration of the Gambian consulate in Dakhla, major fishing port, according to an official statement.

The Gabonese consulate was inaugurated at the same time, the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said. Bourita then announced that the city of Laayoune would host a “major diplomatic meeting” of 12 Pacific foreign ministers on February 12. This meeting devoted to cooperation with Morocco will be “the beginning of the consecration of this diplomatic reality” marked by the opening of foreign consulates in Laayoune and Dakhla, he said in a statement.

The opening of a Consulate General of Gabon in Laayoune is a testimony of the firm support of the people and government of this African country to the Moroccan Sahara, said Friday the Gabonese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, Francophonie, Regional Integration and Gabonese abroad, Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze.

“We already have an embassy in Morocco and the opening of this Consulate General in Laayoune is part of the continuity of this diplomatic representation,” Bilie-By-Nze stressed, during a joint press briefing with his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita.

The Consulate of the Republic of Gabon is the third diplomatic representation opened in Laayoune after the Consulate of Ivory Coast, opened last June, and the Consulate General of the Union of the Comoros, which began offering its services in December. The city of Dakhla also hosts the consulates general of the Gambia and Guinea.

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