Santomean Diplomacy welcomes Multidimensional Relations with Morocco

Laâyoune, head of Santomean diplomacy welcomes multidimensional relations with Morocco

Laâyoune – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Communities of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Ms. Edite Ten Jua, visiting Laâyoune on Sunday, welcomed the excellence of multidimensional and fraternal relations linking her country to Morocco.

“Our cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco already affects several areas, including agriculture, maritime fishing, renewable energies and tourism”, the head of the Santomean diplomacy told reporters, who spoke at the consulate general of her country in the capital of the Moroccan Sahara with the Wali of Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra region, governor of the province of Laâyoune, Abdeslam Bekrate.

She also expressed her wish to see these relations develop further in the future to cover other promising economic sectors, adding that Morocco remains “a brother country” with which the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe shares the same “peaceful” vision in the management of international relations.

The Santomean minister also expressed her country’s will to further strengthen cooperation with Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra region in various sectors. “We came to Laâyoune to express our interest in promoting our relations with this region”, she underlined.

During this interview, Mr. Bekrate highlighted the economic assets that abound in Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra, showing that this region aims to become a pioneering economic pole at the national level and an essential bridge between Europe and the ‘Sub-Saharan Africa, thanks to the development model of the southern provinces, launched by HM King Mohammed VI in 2015.

The Wali also emphasized the varied offer in higher education and vocational training in the region. The realization of two future flagship projects, namely the Faculty of Medicine and the City of Trades and Skills, will further strengthen this offer, noted Mr. Bekrate, who did not fail to stress the “full availability” of the Region to welcome students from the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe wishing to continue their studies in Laâyoune.

On Friday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad, Nasser Bourita, and the head of the Santomean diplomacy signed, in Rabat, a bilateral cooperation roadmap for the period 2021- 2022 covering several sectors including education and training, technical cooperation, economic promotion and investments, in addition to the exchange of official visits.

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