Togo announces the opening of a consulate in Dakhla

This was announced by the Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Dussey, who reiterates conditional support for Morocco on the sovereignty of Western Sahara
PHOTO/MAROC DIPLOMATIE/TWITTER – El ministro de Asuntos Exteriores de Marruecos, Nasser Bourita, junto al ministro Robert Dussey

PHOTO/MAROC DIPLOMATIE/TWITTER  -   Morocco's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, together with Minister Robert Dussey

Morocco and Togo are further strengthening their diplomatic relations. Taking advantage of recent meetings between the authorities of the two countries, Lomé has just announced the opening of a new consulate in the Alawi country. The news was conveyed by Robert Dussey, Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs. The West African nation intends to install the building in the city of Dakhla, in the south of the Kingdom, close to the territory of Western Sahara.

With this new project of the two nations, Togo once again reaffirms its support for Morocco on the Saharawi issue. The nation has reiterated on numerous occasions that the Alawi kingdom has its full backing and believes that the Kingdom's plan is the only solution to impose peace in Western Sahara. The Moroccan proposal is in line with the idea put forward before the United Nations to resolve a problem that has dragged on for decades.

"Togo will open its Consulate General in Dakhla in the coming days. We reiterate our support for the unity and integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco," Dussey confirmed on his Twitter profile.

PHOTO/MAROC DIPLOMATIE/TWITTER – El ministro togolés Robert Dussey
PHOTO/MAROC DIPLOMATIE/TWITTER – Togolese Minister Robert Dussey

Togo thus joins a list of countries that have supported the Kingdom's initiative in recent years. These include France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, several African, Asian and South American countries, and the United States, among others. The latter nation has consolidated Morocco's vision for the region, and thanks to its support, the list of countries that recognise Morocco's plan is growing. Today, more than 40 nations have reiterated their support for the North African country.

The agreements between the two countries do not end there, and in order to deepen their ties, other agreements have also been signed that reflect the quality of their relationship. The two countries have also announced that a visa waiver agreement will soon be extended to Togolese holders of ordinary passports. This will allow Togolese citizens to travel to Morocco without first having to apply for a visa.

Following a meeting between the Togolese minister and his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, it was agreed that a joint Moroccan-Togolese commission would be set up. It is intended that this event will take place in Lomé this autumn. It is also planned to organise an economic forum to bring together businessmen from both countries, where it is hoped that economic agreements favourable to both parties will be formalised.

"We will work for the success of this bilateral meeting, which reflects the will of the two heads of state and which will mark a turning point in our relations, in the service of the development of our two countries," said the Moroccan minister.

Over the past few days, on the sidelines of the first ministerial meeting of the African Atlantic States in Rabat, the two ministers have held a series of meetings.

These events have reaffirmed the will of both countries to cooperate in key economic sectors. At a press conference, the two ministers affirmed the need to strengthen mutual work with countries in southern Africa. This plan will be based on the exchange of experiences and policies that will develop trade agreements between the two parties.

They also stressed the importance of increasing the volume of trade exchanges through the promotion of dynamism. Both sides affirmed that trade activity between them is below expectations. Morocco has insisted that it will improve imports of some products such as mineral fuels, cotton, fertilisers, food products and electrical cables.

Morocco and Togo have always dealt with their relationship through the investment sector. It is worth noting that both parties have carried out pioneering projects in the banking industry, such as the creation of subsidiaries of Attijariwafa, Banque Populaire and Bank of Africa. As a result, there have been a number of knowledge exchanges between the two sides that have led to the development of trade and investment opportunity between the two countries.