Imminent opening of a British consulate in Dakhla

Could Great Britain be the second great power to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over the Moroccan Sahara after the United States of America which recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over its Sahara on December 10, 2020? “Analysts point out that the United Kingdom, following the example of the United States, could be closer and closer to the recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara. Initially, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, had sealed trade, political and military agreements with the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI. The UK would become the next world power to open a consulate in the Sahara, a region in which the British already have significant businesses, “Spanish portal Atalayar wrote in a September 2 article, titled:” The United Kingdom takes one more step in recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara ”. And the same article added: “It looks like the UK might be closer to officially recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara, after the BBC public broadcaster and the UK National Statistics Agency updated the report. map of Morocco, officially removing the line separating the Kingdom from the Sahara ”. In fact, a few days ago, the British public media, the prestigious BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), published the map of the Kingdom of Morocco including its southern provinces: from Tangier to Lagouira. Some observers consider that this gesture could be followed by a major shift in the British position regarding the issue of the Moroccan Sahara. According to Nouafal Bouamri, lawyer and specialist in the issue of the Moroccan Sahara, Great Britain, as soon as it left the European Union, signed a trade agreement with Morocco which includes the Saharan provinces, “which is considered a recognition by Great Britain of the Moroccan character of the Sahara and of Moroccan sovereignty over these provinces, given that the economic agreements between countries reflect the political positions of regional conflicts such as the artificial conflict around the Sahara ”. In addition, Nouafal Bouamri underlined in a statement to Libé that “what was published by certain Spanish sites on the possibility of the opening of a consulate by Great Britain in the Moroccan Sahara, like the States -United of America, is not new, because several international media have already mentioned the existence of a serene dialogue between the Moroccan and British diplomacy in this direction ”, while affirming that“ the recognition of the Moroccan character of the Sahara and the opening of a consulate in the city of Dakhla or Laâyoune will only be a translation of the strong economic relationship between the two countries ”. According to this specialist on the Sahara issue, what pleads in favor of a possible shift in the British position is “the recently published information according to which Morocco is expecting a great gift from Great Britain on the occasion of the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth because of the long relationship between the Moroccan and British monarchies, especially since Great Britain continues to support the Security Council resolutions relating to the Sahara conflict calling for a political solution based on the autonomy project proposed by the Kingdom ”. Mourad Tabet