The Republic of Suriname decided to open a Consulate General in the city of Dakhla on Thursday and its embassy in Rabat on Wednesday. The opening of these two diplomatic representations was announced during a joint press briefing by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita, and the Surinamese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and International Cooperation, Albert Ramdin, following their talks in Rabat. The Consulate General and the Embassy of Suriname will be two mechanisms to consolidate cooperation between the two countries and give a new dynamic to bilateral relations, said Bourita. For his part, Ramdin said that the opening of these two diplomatic representations “reflects our policy to expand our relations with Morocco.” “I officially announce the opening of an Embassy in Rabat and of a Consulate General in Dakhla, which is an opportunity to consolidate our trade relations with Morocco,” he said. In a joint statement issued after the talks between the two ministers, Ramdin expressed the full support of his country to the Moroccan autonomy plan as the only basis for a political solution to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, in full respect of the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of Morocco. Ramdin reaffirmed the recognition by the Republic of Suriname of the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco over all its territory, including the Moroccan Sahara. 24 countries have already opened consulates in the cities of Dakhla (12 countries) and Laayoune (12 countries). This position of Suriname is part of a support wave for the national cause expressed by several countries around the world, especially in the Caribbean region. A total of 12 countries out of 14 in this region have changed their positions in favor of Morocco on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara. During these talks, Bourita informed Ramdin of the latest developments on the Sahara issue and stressed the support of the international community to the Moroccan autonomy plan under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco, as the only basis for a consensual political solution to this regional dispute. The Moroccan official reiterated, in this regard, the commitment of the Kingdom of Morocco to the ongoing political process conducted under the exclusive auspices of the United Nations.
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