Djibouti reiterates its “resolute and constant” attachment to the territorial integrity of Morocco

Djibouti reiterated its “resolute and constant” attachment to the territorial integrity of Morocco, while renewing its firm support for a negotiated, consensual and final political solution to the question of the Moroccan Sahara and insisting on the exclusivity of the United Nations for the settlement of this dispute. “Djibouti renewed its firm support for a negotiated, consensual and final political solution, and insisted on the exclusivity of the United Nations in the settlement of this dispute, which guarantees the autonomy project of the southern Moroccan provinces, in the framework of the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco, of its national unity and of its territorial integrity ”, indicates a joint statement published at the end of an interview Tuesday by videoconference between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing abroad, Nasser Bourita and the Djiboutian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mahmoud Ali Youssouf. In this context, “Morocco welcomes the constant position of Djibouti which has always supported the territorial integrity of Morocco as well as the opening by this brother country of its Consulate General in Dakhla, in February 2020”, adds the same. source. During this meeting, which is part of the ties of friendship and brotherhood that unite the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Djibouti and the desire of the two countries to further strengthen their cooperation relations, the two ministers meet are congratulated on the excellent ties of friendship and solidarity existing between the two brotherly countries and have exalted the quality of the feelings of esteem and respect which characterize the relations between their Heads of State, His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His brother His Excellency Mr. Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti. The two ministers welcomed the results of the presidential elections held in the Republic of Djibouti on April 9, 2021, which took place in calm and transparency and which enshrined the victory of His Excellency Mr. Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic for a term of office. 5 years. Regarding bilateral cooperation, the two parties reaffirmed their firm will to do everything to further strengthen their relations, intensify and diversify their cooperation in all fields. The two ministers also agreed to further develop ambitious South-South cooperation through a partnership in areas such as training, investment, renewable energy, sea fishing and seafood processing. , tourism, Islamic affairs, civil protection, port cooperation, airport transport and justice. This partnership must also be based on the exchange of experiences as well as on a more proactive policy of businessmen from the two countries, underlines the press release. MM. Bourita and Ali Youssouf, on this occasion, signed a framework cooperation agreement providing for the creation of a Large Mixed Commission which defines the orientations to be given to bilateral relations between the two countries in the aforementioned fields. They also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries in the field of diplomatic training, in order to promote the exchange of experiences in this area. The two parties agreed to hold in Rabat, once the health situation would allow it, the first session of the Moroccan-Djiboutian Joint Cooperation Commission, on a date to be decided by mutual agreement through diplomatic channels, the press release concludes. . (With MAP)