Dakhla city, economic capital of Western Saharahosts the first Morocco-Spain investment forum this Tuesday and Wednesday, “with the participation of numerous Spanish businessmen, dedicated to promoting investment in this region”, Morocco announced days ago, both in the press and on social networks.

“This event aims to promote the region’s economy and consolidate economic relations between Spain and the Dajla Oued Edahab region,” according to the Moroccan authorities.

However, the forum begins without the presence of the Spanish Administration. Diplomatic sources explain to EL ESPAÑOL that in Madrid they did not even plan for the Spanish ambassador to attend in Morocco. In fact, they maintain that “Viajes Barceló is the only slightly relevant company that seems to be present”.

“Spain does not organize, nor co-organize, any economic or similar forum in the Saharawi territories occupied by Morocco”, reiterates another diplomatic source from Algeria.

As EL ESPAÑOL announced, the Moroccan consulates in Spain sent in May invitations to the chambers of commerce of the Canary Islands to attend with expenses paid for three days to an economic and commercial forum of business opportunities. However, Rabat has finally turned it into a bilateral business forum, without the assistance of the Spanish authorities.

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“Spanish companies have been forced to participate, most of them from the Canary Islands, under pressure from their Moroccan partners,” maintains the same diplomatic source. In this way, Morocco tries to involve Spain in the business projects of the Saharawi city of Dajla, after the president Pedro Sanchez send a letter to the king Mohammed VI in which he considers the Moroccan autonomy plan as “the most reliable, serious and realistic solution” for Western Sahara.

This plan turns the cities of Western Sahara into the southern provinces and integrates them directly into Moroccan territory. Thus, for the authorities of the neighboring country, the forum at the Dajla Conference Center, under the presidency of the Regional and Dajla Council and with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Morocco, tries to “boost business opportunities and promote the region”, in addition to “enhancing the wealth of the strategic sectors of the pearl of the south”.

“More reprisals” in Algiers

Since the holding of this forum in Dakhla became known in Algiers, “more retaliation” by the president has been feared Abdelmadjid Tebboune“like the ones we are already seeing”, a diplomatic source in the city confirms to EL ESPAÑOL.

Precisely, on Sunday, June 19, the Algerian Ministry of Tourism sent a note to national travel agencies so that “all working relationships with Spain be suspended immediately.” In this way, the closure of the tourism sector between Spain and Algeria takes place on the eve of the celebration of the Spanish-Moroccan business forum in Dakhla.

For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jose Manuel Albaresassured on Tuesday that “he has no record” that Algeria has decided to suspend tourist ties with Spain.

In any case, the Algerian media echoed this business forum in Dajla on Monday, which they call a “city occupied by Morocco”. “The election of the former Spanish colony, a territory pending decolonization, is a new Moroccan provocation to Algeria, regional supporter of the Polisario Front and its demand for a self-determination referendum,” it publishes. TSA Algeria.

That is where Rabat announced that the United States would open a consulate when donald trump recognized Moroccan sovereignty over the territory of Western Sahara on December 10, 2020.

However, at the moment the Administration of Joe Biden it has not agreed to install a consular representation in Western Sahara, just as it has not accepted that the African Lion military maneuvers be carried out outside Moroccan territory, despite the propaganda of the Rabat authorities.

Morocco wants to turn Dakhla into an investment city. The United States will co-finance the Dajla Atlántico port, which put out the call for tenders in December 2020, and a direct maritime line will be opened with Atlanta, according to what EL ESPAÑOL has learned.

In addition, in the port of Dakhla it is planned to install a naval base with credit from the United Arab Emirates and almost two thousand soldiers to provide military support to African countries and international peace operations.

For the Algerian special envoy ambassador for Western Sahara, love belaniin statements to the digital TSA, the retreat of the Pedro Sánchez government on the issue of Western Sahara “will encourage Morocco to persevere in its dangerous expansionist adventure, which carries serious risks of escalation and exacerbation of tension in the region. Spain will also assume responsibility.

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