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Trump consolidates Washington’s support for the Moroccan Sahara

The promulgation Friday by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, the budget law for the year 2019, reinforces the legitimate position of Morocco on its Sahara and consolidates, once again, Washington’s support for Morocco’s plan of autonomy, to the extent that this law contains explicit provisions, in its article III, which provides that the funds allocated to Morocco must be made available for cooperation in the southern provinces.

For the observers in Washington, this provision also confirms Morocco as the sole interlocutor and representative concerning the southern provinces, and consolidates the effective support of the United States to the inclusive development dynamics that this part of the Kingdom is experiencing.

This same dynamic has seen the southern provinces embark on the path of progress and development, as part of an eminently citizen approach allowing people to appropriate their destiny and to be an active part in the definition of strategic directions of the Kingdom.

Indeed, the clear and limpid provisions of the US finance law provide a stinging denial of the controversy that had been maintained by the opponents of Morocco on a so-called exclusion from the Sahara or a reversal of the position of the United States, after the installation of a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives of Congress.

This adoption also proves the convergence of positions between the US executive and legislative branches. This is the very embodiment of the clear, constant, and unambiguous bi-partisan support of the United States Congress for the correctness of Morocco’s position, no offense to the opponents of Morocco who have tried everything to paralyze relations between the United States and the United States. Morocco and its partners, including the United States.

This new development, which provides information on the fruitfulness of the secular partnership between Morocco and the United States, also echoes the United States’ consistent position with regard to the autonomy plan, described as “serious, credible and realistic”, under four successive administrations, from Bill Clinton, to Donald Trump, to executives headed by George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

In a broader geostrategic context, the provisions concerning the Moroccan Sahara contained in the US budget law, are not an isolated positive development. This is a new development that comes on top of the multiple setbacks suffered by the “polisario”, namely; the adoption of the fisheries agreement by the European Parliament and the rejection of the separatists’ appeal to the EU Court of Justice.

The support of the US Congress and Administration, as well as the decision of the European authorities (Council, Commission and Parliament), not to exclude the Sahara, closes the debate on the legality of the international agreements concluded by Morocco with its partner countries. Only the Kingdom of Morocco is legally entitled to negotiate and sign such Agreements.

Finally, the US budget law of 2019 calls on the US Administration to strengthen the supervision of the delivery of humanitarian aid to the populations of the Tindouf camps in Algeria, including the measures taken to ensure that vulnerable refugees receive this aid.

These provisions clearly echo the documented diversions and trafficking through which the elements of the “Polisario” and their protectors appropriate, for their own personal enrichment, the international aid intended for the vulnerable populations of the camps.

The report of the Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), an agency of the EU Commission, had, like other NGOs and international bodies, put the finger on misappropriation. industrial scale and for years, humanitarian aid to populations parceled in inhuman conditions in Tindouf, southwest Algeria, misappropriations that serve, among other things, to maintain the sumptuous expenditure of the leaders of the “polisario”.

This did not escape the American legislator. The law passed by the US Congress requires the Secretary of State to submit a report, within 45 days, “describing the measures taken to strengthen the control of the delivery of humanitarian assistance to refugees in North Africa” , in a barely veiled reference to the population of the Tindouf camps in Algeria.

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