Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has appointed Mohamed Lemine Ould Aboy ambassador to Morocco, it was officially announced in Nouakchott.
Mohamed Lemine Ould Aboye had occupied previously the po-sitions of ambassador to Niger and Senegal.
Mauritania’s former ambassador to Rabat Mohamed Ould Mouaouia had left Morocco in 2012, without notifying Moroc-can authorities, contrary to diplomatic practices. Since then, the position remained vacant. A little more than a year later, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Mauritanian embassy in Rabat was appointed ambassador to Mali and Mauritania was no longer represented at a senior diplomatic level.
According to analysts, the appointment of the new ambassa-dor signals a warming up of relations between Morocco and Mauritania.
This appointment comes about two months after Hamid Cha-bar was officially accredited as Moroccan ambassador to Nouakchott.
Hamid Chabar has been nominated to the position to succeed Ambassador Abderrahmane Benomar, who passed away in December 2016.
The Mauritanian Government’s spokesperson and Minister of Culture Mohamed Lemine Ould Cheikh who had announced the official accreditation of Hamid Chabar last October had hailed Mauritanian-Moroccan relations as “excellent” and stressed that these relations “are governed by historical, cultural, eco-nomic and security ties”.