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Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic President Brahim Ghall has asked Malawi leader Lazarus Chakwera to refrain from opening a consulate in the Moroccan Saharan city of Laayoune, describing the move as unlawful.

Ghall’s call follows Foreign Affairs Minister Eisenhower Mkaka’s announcement that Malawi had decided to open a consulate in Morocco.

But the announcement, which Mkaka made on Thursday last week, has attracted a swift response from Ghall, who opposed the move in Rabat, where his sentiments were echoed by his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita.

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In a letter, dated July 28 2021 and addressed to Chakwera, Ghall said proceeding with the decision would be a blatant breach of international law and an act of aggression on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of his country.

“We would also like to underscore that opening any consulates in the occupied territories of the Sahrawi Republic will be a brazen violation of the fundamental principles of the African Union Constitutive Act, particularly those related to the respect of border existing on achievement of independence,” the letter reads.

The letter also says that the decision would also undermine African Union and United Nations’ ongoing efforts to find a peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict between the Sahrawi Republic and Morroco.

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However, Chakwera’s Executive Assistant Sean Kampondeni told The Daily Times Thursday that the President had not received the letter

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