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Bahrain opens consulate in Western Sahara city

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Bahrain has opened a consulate in the Moroccan city of Laayoune in the Western Sahara, in a step stressing links between the two Arab countries.

The consulate was opened by Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif Bin Rashid Al Zayani and his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita at a ceremony in Laayoune on Monday.

Bahrain’s official news agency BNA quoted Al Zayani as expressing his country’s keenness to underline its support for Morocco to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. “The opening of a Bahraini consulate in the Moroccan city of Laayoune on a supreme order from King Hamad Bin Isa embodies solidarity of the Kingdom of Bahrain with brotherly Morocco to emphasise its sovereignty and the unity of Moroccan territory,” he added.

Last month, King Hamad announced the decision to open the consulate.

In October, the UAE became the first Arab country to announce its decision to open a consulate in Western Sahara.

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