After the Comoros Islands and Gambia, and most recently Guinea and Gabon comes the turn of Central Africa Republic (CAR) and the Republic of Sao Tome & Principe to open this Thursday, a Consulate General in Laayoune, capital of the Moroccan Sahara.
The inaugural ceremony of the Consulate of Sao Tome & Principe in Laayoune, was chaired by the Foreign Minister Elsa Teixeira de Barros Pinto and her Moroccan peer Nasser Bourita.
The same day, CAR inaugurated its Consulate General in the city, at a ceremony chaired by Foreign Minister Sylvie Baïpo-Temon, in the presence of Nasser Bourita.
Besides CAR and Sao Tome & Principe, several African countries, including Côte d’Ivoire, the Comoros, Guinea-Conakry and Gabon decided to open diplomatic representations in the Saharan cities of Laâyoune and Dakhla to reaffirm their support to Morocco’s sovereignty over its Sahara and its territorial integrity.
The opening of the consular missions by African countries in these two landmark southern provinces is a serious setback for the Polisario separatist movement and its Algerian sponsors who continue to suffer resounding diplomatic failures in their showdown with Morocco in the Sahara issue.
According to the Moroccan Foreign Minister, many other friendly countries intend to open soon diplomatic representations in the southern provinces of the Kingdom as a token of solidarity with Morocco and recognition of the Moroccanness of the Sahara.