The opening of a consulate general of the Republic of Senegal in Dakhla is the realization of the will of the two Heads of State, King Mohammed VI and Macky Sall, affirmed, Monday in Dakhla, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, of African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita.
“It is in this spirit that His Excellency the President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall told HM the King in a telephone interview on March 21, 2021 of his wish to open a diplomatic representation of Senegal in Dakhla”, with a view to strengthening bilateral relations, the minister stressed.
Bourita, who spoke at a joint press briefing with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad, Aïssata Tall Sall, after the inauguration of the Senegalese consulate in Dakhla, noted that the opening of this diplomatic representation is further proof by the acts of the unwavering alliance between Morocco and Senegal and their active solidarity which has never wavered.
“The opening of a consulate is never a trivial act in relations between States”, he insisted, explaining that this sovereign decision of Senegal reflects the very old history of the friendship between our two countries, confirms the Moroccan character of the Sahara and once again testifies to the constant position of the firm support of Senegal brother to the territorial integrity of the Kingdom ”.
“The Moroccan character of the Sahara is a historical, political and legal truth which is not subject to negotiation”, he hammered.
He also made it known that this consulate “Is more than an administrative structure. It is a new link between Morocco and Senegal ”, adding that this diplomatic representation will operate in the field of territorial and decentralized cooperation, turned towards Africa, which is in full development in the southern provinces of the Kingdom.
Bourita called in this context to implement important provisions, namely the reactivation of the economic stimulus group, which was set up on the occasion of the monarch’s visit to Senegal in 2016 and the strengthening of training , as a key element between the two countries.
The minister said that it was agreed to strengthen political consultation between the two ministries on all regional and international issues, able to push the groups of impetus to a logic of win-win cooperation.
“The legal framework is largely expanded, we have more than a hundred agreements covering all areas, in addition to three other agreements signed today in the area of decentralization and in the areas of information technology and communication and civil aviation ‘, he said, stressing the need to ensure the implementation of these agreements and to update them.
“Our ambition is the same so that this relationship remains the unequaled model of the intra-African relationship, of the South-South relationship between two countries united by several centuries of strong human relations”, he added.
Bourita recalled that the Sovereign sent a message of congratulations to the President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, on the occasion of the anniversary of the independence of his country, in which HM the King underlined “Its firm desire to continue joint action, with a view to strengthening the Moroccan-Senegalese strategic partnership and contributing to the building of a united, united and prosperous Africa”.
The King made no less than eight official visits to Senegal, including the historic one in November 2016, during which the Sovereign delivered His first and only Green March speech outside Morocco in which His Majesty the King indicated that “This country which is so dear to us, has always been at the head of the defenders of the territorial integrity and the superior interests of the Kingdom. Moreover, he has demonstrated, by deeds and words, on several occasions, that he considers the question of the Moroccan Sahara to be his own national cause ”.