Jordan intends to open a consulate in the city of El-Ayoun in the Western Sahara, in a step that reflects Amman’s support for Rabat in the context of the tension in the region; Because of the Guerguerat crisis, according to what the Moroccan Royal Court announced Thursday night.
The court said in a statement that King Abdullah II expressed, in a telephone conversation with King Mohammed VI, “the desire of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to open a general consulate in El-Ayoun, Morocco.”
He added that the Jordanian king praised the decisions ordered by the Moroccan king to “re-secure the flow of civil and commercial movement in the Guerguerat region in the Moroccan Sahara.”
This will be the second Arab diplomatic representation in Western Sahara after the UAE opened a consulate in El-Ayoun in early November, while the largest city in Western Sahara, along with the city of Dakhla (south), is hosting 15 other consulates for (sub-Saharan) African countries since late last year.
Morocco considers the opening of these foreign diplomatic representations in Western Sahara as a confirmation of its sovereignty over them, while the Polisario Front and Algeria, which supports it, have previously condemned this.
This announcement comes in the context of tension in the region after 30 years of the ceasefire; However, last Saturday, Morocco announced the resumption of transport with Mauritania through the Guerguerat crossing, following a move by the Moroccan army that ended the closure of the crossing by pro-Polisario since October 21.