Zambia has reiterated its support for Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara by inaugurating its consulate general in the southern city of Laayoune.
This was announced by the Secretary General of the Zambian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chalwe Lombe.
During the inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, the Zambian official stressed his country’s “abiding” position regarding Morocco’s right to territorial integrity and sovereignty over its southern provinces.
Terming Morocco as “a true friend of Zambia”, the official said the move is a “sovereign act of support and solidarity” towards Morocco on the question of Western Sahara.
Zambia’s consulate is the eighth African diplomatic representation to open in the province of Laayoune in one year. It is the 15th African consulate in the southern provinces as a whole, as seven others have opened in the city of Dakhla.
The recent inaugurations are part of an expanding recognition within the African continent of Morocco’s territorial integrity.
Zambia’s inauguration of the consulate general comes only three days after the sub-Saharan state opened its consulate in Morocco’s capital.
Lombe also said that they will also help strengthen bilateral ties between Morocco and Zambia on the “economic, political, and human levels.”
Zambia has also welcomed Morocco’s support for the training of Zambian students who benefit from scholarships in Morocco.
Lombe also commended King Mohammed VI’s medical aid donation amid the COVID-19 crisis to 15 African countries, including Zambia. He also lauded the medical shipments which included millions of protective face masks, 900,000 visors, 600,000 hygiene caps, 60,000 medical gowns, and tens of thousands of liters of hydroalcoholic gels, along with 75,000 boxes of chloroquine and 15,000 boxes of azithromycin.