L’Algérie suspend ses relations avec l’Espagne dans le secteur du tourisme

Un autre effet de la crise sur le Sahara Occidental

(ANSA) – ALGIERS, JUNE 20 – The Algerian Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts has requested, in an urgent letter to sector officials and travel agencies, the immediate suspension of all working relations with Spain.
This is what emerges from a document from the same ministry dated June 19 and that ANSA is able to consult.
The text indicates that the measure is requested « in application of the decision of the highest authorities of the country to immediately suspend the treaty of friendship, good neighborliness and cooperation with Spain ».
Two weeks ago, Algeria decided to suspend the treaty of October 8, 2002 after the position taken by the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, who had reiterated Madrid’s support for Morocco in the Western Sahara conflict.
Algeria immediately suspended trade in products and services with Spain, as specified in a document from the Association of Algerian Banks stating that « following Algeria’s suspension of the Treaty of Friendship, Good Neighborliness and of cooperation with Spain, you are requested to freeze bank direct debits for foreign trade operations of products and services to and from Spain ».
Algerian-Spanish relations have been going through a tense period since March due to the Western Sahara issue. On the 18th, the government in Madrid declared that it considered « Morocco’s autonomy initiative as the most serious, realistic and credible basis for resolving the dispute » concerning Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony claimed by Rabat.
The following day, Algiers had recalled its ambassador to Madrid for consultations, with immediate effect, following declarations by the highest Spanish authorities which would constitute a « sudden reversal of position » on the cause of Western Sahara.
Algeria supplies gas to Spain through the undersea Medgaz gas pipeline that connects the two countries directly across the Mediterranean, with a capacity of 10 billion cubic meters per year, while a second gas pipeline linking the south of the Iberian peninsula via Morocco was closed last fall . (ANSA).

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