Cote d'Ivoire does not accept that others dictate its conduct in international relations and its decision to open a consulate general in Laayoune is a "sovereign" act that is in conformity with its interests and values, said on Tuesday its Minister of African Integration and Ivorian Expatriates Ally Coulibaly.
"In foreign policy, as in other fields, we are careful not to teach moral lessons, and we do not want to be told what to do or not to do. This is an important principle for us", insisted Coulibaly during a joint press briefing with Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad Nasser Bourita.
The decision to open a consulate general in Laayoune "is a decision that we fully assume because it is part of our sovereignty (and) because it is in conformity with our interests and our values", he added during this press briefing, held after the inauguration of this diplomatic representation, the 5th in Laayoune after those of the Union of the Comoros, the Central African Republic, Gabon and Sao Tome-and-Principle.
The Ivorian minister pointed out that this act "must not give rise to any controversy whatsoever", since Cote d'Ivoire has never concealed its support for the Moroccan identity of the Sahara.
"Opening a consulate general in this strategic region with an undeniable international calling is therefore part of the normal order of things," he said before reiterating his country's firm support for the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco, which he considers "serious and credible".