Togo announced that it will shortly open a Consulate General in the Moroccan southern city of Dakhla, reiterating thus its support to Morocco’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
The announcement was made by Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Dussey, following talks in Rabat this Tuesday with his Moroccan peer Nasser Bourita.
Togo reiterates its support for Morocco’s territorial integrity and for the autonomy plan it proposed to settle the regional dispute over the Sahara and announces the forthcoming opening of a Consulate General in Dakhla, said a joint statement made public following the Rabat talks.
The Togolese Foreign Minister insisted that the Autonomy Plan “constitutes the one and only credible and realistic solution to the resolution of this dispute.”
According to the joint statement, the head of Togolese diplomacy hailed the efforts of the United Nations Organization as “an exclusive framework for achieving a realistic, practical and lasting solution to the dispute over the Sahara.”
He likewise expressed Togo’s support for the search for a lasting solution that preserves the territorial integrity, unity and sovereignty of Morocco, under the exclusive aegis of the United Nations and in compliance with decision 693 of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union of July 2018.
Bourita, on his part, welcomed the participation of Togo, in the person of Mr. Robert Dussey, in the Ministerial Conference to Support the Autonomy Initiative under the Sovereignty of Morocco, held virtually on January 15, 2021 at the invitation of Morocco and the United States of America.
The two officials insisted on the imperative to comply with the standards and procedures within the organs of the African Union, and reaffirmed the relevance of decision 693 of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in July 2018, which consecrated the exclusivity of the UN as a framework for the search for a solution to the regional conflict around the Moroccan Sahara.
The Togolese Foreign Minister is visiting Morocco to partake in the first Ministerial Meeting of African Atlantic States, which will bring together 21 countries of the Atlantic coast, including about fifteen represented at ministerial level.
This event, held in Rabat, will provide opportunity to develop a common African vision on this vital space, to promote an African Atlantic identity and defend with one voice the strategic interests of the Continent.
The ministerial meeting’s debates will focus on three themes, namely, “Political Dialogue, Security and Safety”; “Blue Economy and Connectivity”; and “Environment and Energy”.
Togo’s Consulate General will bring to 26 the number of consular representations opened in the cities of Dakhla and Laayoune.