BANJUL, 12 November 2020 – The Gambia on Thursday signed two cooperation agreements in the fields of health and diplomatic training with the Kingdom of Morocco.

In a statement issued Thursday in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, the Kingdom’s Foreign Ministry cited the foreign minister of The Gambia, Mamadou Tangara, as reaffirming Banjul’s support for the territorial integrity of Morocco.

The Kingdom of Morocco has adopted the same approach as China over Taiwan, working hard to convince African countries to revoke recognition for the independence of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (Western Sahara).

The kingdom claims that the territory is an integral part of Morocco.

Mamadou Tangara told his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, that the opening of The Gambia’s consul to Dakhla, in southern Morocco, will begin next week, having been delayed so far by COVID-19-related concerns.

“The Gambia has always adopted, without ambiguity, a position in favor of the Moroccaness of the Sahara,” Bourita was quoted as telling reporters Thursday in Rabat.

Last January, The Gambia became the second state to open a diplomatic representation in the southern Moroccan province and the first to open one in Dakhla. In the 10 months since then. Zambia and Eswatini opened consulates general in Laayoune. Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Burkina Faso have opened diplomatic representations in Dakhla.

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