Rabat – Hamid Chabar has been formally accredited as Morocco’s ambassador to Mauritania, Mauritania’s government spokesperson Mohammed Ould Cheikh announced on Thursday.
Following speculations that Mauritania had rejected Chabar, his appointment was finally accredited after a four-month waiting period. King Mohammed VI appointed Chabar in June, after the death of former ambassador Abderahmane Benomar in December 2016.
In the announcement, Ould Cheikh praised “the excellence of Moroccan-Mauritanian relations,” explaining that “these relations are governed by historical, cultural, economic and security factors,” reported on Thursday Mauritanian news outlet, Zahraa Chinguietti.
Earlier this year, several media reports claimed that Chabar’s appointment was not favored by Mauritania. The speculations grew amid the delay of accreditation by the country, taking into account the shaky relations between the two countries over the last years, especially over the issue of Western Sahara.
In September, however, Mauritania officially denied the rumors that it rejected the Moroccan diplomat as an ambassador to the country.
Earlier this month, Moroccan media outlets reported that Mauritania had accepted Chabar as the Moroccan ambassador to Nouakchott, ahead of an official announcement.
Chabar, who before his appointment was Morocco’s Ambassador to Ghana, holds a doctorate degree in international relations from the University of Brussels and a postgraduate degree from l’Institut d’Études des Pays en Développement in Leuven.
He has assumed several diplomatic roles since becoming a university professor. While working as a professor at l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Rabat, Chabar was appointed as an advisor on the Western Sahara issue at the Ministry of Interior and was later put in charge of coordinating with United Nations Mission for Western Sahara (MINURSO). He also held the position of Deputy Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations.
Chabar’s experience led him to later be appointed as a governor of the southern region of Oued EddahabLagouira as well as a Wali in charge of international cooperation at the Ministry of Interior.