US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, David Schenker, arrived on Saturday afternoon in Dakhla, second leg of a tour he started earlier in the day in the Moroccan Sahara after that of Laayoune.
Upon his arrival at the Dakhla airport, Schenker was welcomed by Wali of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, governor of Oued Eddahab province, Lamine Benomar, as well as by the presidents of the elected councils.
The US official then went to the Regional Center for Education and Training Trades of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab.
In a statement to MAP, he stressed that the decision of the United States to recognize the full sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco over the whole of the Moroccan Sahara "opens opportunities for closer cooperation" between the two countries, mentioning in this regard the prospect of a partnership with NGO's working in the field of education and training in this part of the Kingdom.
Previously, Schencker visited the city of Laayoune, including the diplomatic quarter which houses the consulates of several countries.
He also visited the headquarters of the United Nations mission in the Sahara (Minurso).
The US official also took part in the launching ceremony of the center for education through sport "TIBU Laâyoune Center by US Embassy Morocco".