Guatemala decided on Thursday to open a consulate in Dakhla, while reaffirming its support for the autonomy plan under Moroccan sovereignty as the only solution to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.
Guatemala reiterated its clear position on the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, considering that autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty is the solution to this dispute and announces the decision to open a consulate in the city of Dakhla to take advantage of its potential economy and its openness to the rest of the African continent. This was indicated in a joint statement issued after a meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita, and his Guatemalan counterpart.
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“We will continue to support Morocco forever,” said Guatemalan Foreign Minister Mario Bucaro Flores, indicating that Guatemalans consider the concepts of sovereignty, peace and territorial integrity very important. We support Morocco’s position on this issue, said the head of diplomacy of Guatemala, in a statement to the press, at the end of this meeting held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
Bucaro Flores “highly appreciated the reforms undertaken in Morocco under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, as well as His role and contribution to solving the problems of Africa and the Arab world by peaceful means”. He also highlighted the importance of strengthening the cooperation relations that his country maintains with Morocco.
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The head of Moroccan diplomacy Nacer Bourita, for his part, praised “the efforts of the Guatemalan government led by His Excellency the President of the Republic, Alejandro Giammattei, in terms of reforms, as well as its role at the regional and international levels in favor of Peace”.
Morocco and Guatemala have decided to “give impetus to bilateral cooperation in the fields of tourism, training and energy, with particular emphasis on agriculture and fertilizers, at a time when the world faces an acute food crisis,” the joint statement read.