By MOSA’AB ELSHAMY, Linked Press
DAKHLA, Western Sahara (AP) — Trawlers pack the bustling Western Saharan port of Dakhla, in which fish scales glisten from workers’ arms as they roll up their nets and prospective buyers shout bids in a sprawling auction warehouse. Close by, turquoise waters lap extensive, almost vacant Atlantic seashores and diners sip tea in sidewalk cafes.
The United States options to put its footprint in this picturesque setting.
U.S. Ambassador to Morocco David T. Fischer took part in a ceremony Sunday in Dakhla, the first formal phase to open a consulate, marking a turning stage for the disputed and carefully policed territory in North Africa.
The U.S. shift acknowledges Morocco’s authority about the land — in exchange for Morocco normalizing relations with Israel.
Fischer was joined by the leading Condition Division official for the location, David Schenker. Both of those diplomats wore white Moroccan robes.