The Republic of Haiti on Monday opened a consulate general in Dakhla, the 8th diplomatic representation inaugurated in this city in less than a year.
The inauguration ceremony of this consulate was chaired by minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita, and the Ambassador of Haiti to Canada, Weibert Arthus.
This Caribbean country becomes the first non-Arab and non-African country to open a Consulate in the Moroccan Sahara.
By Opening Embassy in Rabat and Consulate in Dakhla, Haiti Confirms Support for Territorial Integrity of Morocco (Haitian FM)
"Through these two decisions (the opening of the embassy and the consulate, editor's note), the Republic of Haiti confirms its commitment, not only to get closer politically and diplomatically to the Kingdom of Morocco, but also and above all to support its efforts to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity," said Joseph in a press statement on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the Haitian embassy in Rabat.
"Despite the non-existence so far of a formal or institutional framework for bilateral relations, the Republic of Haiti and the Kingdom of Morocco have been able to come to an understanding and converge their views, particularly within international organizations such as the United Nations", he said.
By opening a consulate in Dakhla on Monday, the Republic of Haiti will be the first non-Arab and non-African country to open a consulate in the southern provinces of the Kingdom, said, for his part, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation African and Moroccans Abroad Nasser Bourita.
This consulate will be the sixth in Dakhla and the sixteenth to be opened in the southern provinces (Laâyoune and Dakhla), said Bourita, adding that the number of diplomatic representations in these provinces will be increased to 20 with the opening soon of consulates of Jordan, Bahrain, Haiti and the United States of America.
This approach falls within the framework of HM King Mohammed VI's orientation which consists of confirming the Moroccanness of the Sahara, by combining words to diplomatic action, he explained.
Support for the Moroccanness of the Sahara is growing stronger in all corners of the world and will continue to intensify in the days and months to come, thanks to the impetus given by the Sovereign to this issue, he added.
Regarding the opening of the Haitian embassy in Rabat, the Haitian diplomat stressed that it is a "solemn act of high symbolic significance".
This act "augurs a bright future" of cooperation between Morocco and Haiti for the good of their respective populations, indicated Claude Joseph, stressing that his visit to Morocco constitutes a pivotal stage in Haitian-Moroccan bilateral relations, will give a new dynamic to the Haitian and Moroccan peoples coming closer and will revitalize relations of friendship and solidarity between the two States.
The opening of the Haitian embassy in Rabat constitutes "an important step in the relations between the two countries which date back to over three decades" and which are experiencing a qualitative change, especially with the opening next Monday in Dakhla of a consulate of this country, underlined Bourita.
This initiative will also make it possible to develop bilateral relations and to establish the remarkable presence of diplomatic representations in the Kingdom, thus confirming the confidence placed by the international community in Morocco, in its stability and credibility and the choice by several countries of Rabat as diplomatic center to cover several regions of North Africa, the southern Mediterranean and West Africa, he insisted.
On this occasion, the two ministers signed two agreements, a cooperation roadmap for the period 2021-2023 and a memorandum of understanding in the field of diplomatic training.
The roadmap covers several areas, notably economic and investment promotion, training and higher education and technical cooperation in key sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, renewable energy, vocational training, water and health.
The memorandum of understanding aims, for its part, to establish a framework for sustainable cooperation in the training of young diplomats and in terms of sharing experiences and information in the fields of diplomacy and international relations.