Rabat - King Mohammed VI is to visit Laayoune in the south of Morocco on Friday in the first stage of a long-awaited royal tour to Morocco’s southern provinces.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI is to visit Laayoune in the south of Morocco on Friday in the first stage of a long-awaited royal tour to Morocco’s southern provinces.
The King’s visit will last two weeks and include Guelmim, Dakhla, and Tarfaya, according to Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum
The first stage of the tour is scheduled to begin in Laayoune, where the sovereign will present a long anticipated speech to Moroccans on the 40th anniversary of the Green March.
The King is expected to launch several major projects in the southern provinces. King Mohammed VI will inaugurate construction of a new highway that will link Tiznit to Laayoune, a distance of 500 km. The sovereign will also launch the widening of the road from Laayoune to Dakhla, according to the same source.
“The budget package that will be allocated to these two projects amounts to over MAD 8 billion” underlined Al Yaoum.
The king will also inaugurate in Tarfaya the largest wind power station in Africa (300 megawatts).
“The royal visit to the Moroccan Sahara comes as negotiations to find a political solution to the conflict remain strained, a blockage due to the counterproductive position of the opposing party, which continues to defend a hackneyed, unrealistic and unachievable vision,” asserted Al Yaoum.
“Morocco obviously cannot accept this blockage highly defended by Algeria and strives to implement its projects as part of the advanced regionalization of the Sahara as a precursor to the implementation of Morocco’s initiative to grant autonomous status to its Saharan provinces,” the same source said.