US Congress requires use of financial aid for Western Sahara be discussed with relevant committees

Washington, 2 August 2021 (SPS) - The US Congress has given the US Department of State and the US Agency for International Development a period of 90 days to decide on the use of financial aid directed to Western Sahara within the framework of the 2022 budget, in consultation with the relevant congressional committees.

The text reflects the refusal of the US Congress to recognize the declaration of former US President Doland Trump on Western Sahara, as Morocco was waiting for the funds to be directed to Morocco to be disposed of directly without interference from the US administration.

The same text includes other financial aid directed to Morocco that the US Congress did not require a discussion between the US administration and the relevant congressional committees.

The aid funds will be given to the Sahrawis, as it is literally stipulated that the funds drawn from the American aid abroad will be granted directly to Western Sahara, after consultation between the State Department, the US Agency for International Development, the relevant congressional committees and the Senate.

These arrangements put an end to a previous authorization granted to Morocco to allow it to administer US aid funds to the people of Western Sahara that the US Congress had approved since the 2014 Federal Finance Act at the instigation and pressure of the pro-Moroccan US lobby in the House of Representatives. (SPS)