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US Congress opposes opening of a consulate in occupied Dakhla and the sale of drones to Morocco

US Congress opposed the opening of a US consulate in occupied Dakhla, and the sale of drones to the Kingdom of Morocco, two promises previously made by former US President Donald Trump to Rabat.

The Spanish newspaper “La Vanguardia” reported, in an article published today, Sunday that the US Congress asked the State Secretariat of the US State Department to be informed, before next July, of the progress of contacts aimed at activating the negotiations on the conflict in the occupied Western Sahara.

The Spanish newspaper revealed that Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats, has for several months been blocking the adoption and implementation of two main promises, in response to Donald Trump’s unilateral declaration on Morocco’s alleged sovereignty over occupied Western Sahara, in exchange for the normalization of relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Zionist entity.

It is related, according to La Vanguardia, to the opening of a US consulate in the occupied Western Sahara city of Dakhla, and the sale of armed MQ-9B drones to the Kingdom of Morocco.

It is worth noting that the head of the American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, had confirmed during a meeting held at the end of last March, with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, the United States’ support for political negotiations “with the aim of resolving the conflict in Western Sahara”, calling on him “to expedite the appointment of a personal envoy for Western Sahara.”

Blinken also stressed, during his hearing in the US Senate, that some of the incentives contained in the so-called “Abraham” agreements, which are related to the normalization of some Arab countries’ relations with the Zionist entity, deserve to be the subject of “careful study,” in an implicit reference to other advantages granted by Donald Trump, including recognition of Morocco’s alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara.

The newspaper added that “the US State Department cannot take financial or operational decisions to move forward with the implementation of a plan to build a consulate.”

In a related context, La Vanguardia clarified that the same applies to the promise of selling armed drones of “MQ-9B” model, made by former US President Donald Trump, to the Kingdom of Morocco, knowing that the drones are equipped with very advanced and combative technology, which “should not, according to the members of the committee, be placed at the disposal of Morocco,” as stated in the article.

Meanwhile, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said recently that the Biden administration “is consulting with the parties in private about the best way to end the violence, to reach a permanent settlement.”

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