The head of American diplomacy Mike Pompeo announced Thursday, December 24, that the construction of the American consulate in Dakhla in Morocco, has already started.
“Happy to announce the start of the process of creating an American consulate in the Sahara, and the inauguration of an effective virtual presence post immediately!”, he wrote on Twitter.
“We look forward to promoting economic and social development and engaging the people of this region,” added the US Secretary of State.
Pleased to announce the beginning of the process to establish a U.S. consulate in Western Sahara, and the inauguration of a virtual presence post effective immediately! We look forward topromotingeconomic and social development, and to engage the people of this region.
– Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 24, 2020
The opening of the American consulate in the Moroccan Sahara comes in the context of the recognition by the United States of the full sovereignty of Morocco over the Sahara.
In the same vein, the United States has asserted that the creation of a Saharawi state in the region was not a realistic option to resolve the conflict with the separatist Polisario militias.