Algiers Activates Networks in Washington to Undermine US Decision on Moroccan Sahara - Jeune Afriqu

Algiers networks in the American Capital did not fail to react to Washington's recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara, writes France-based magazine "Jeune Afrique" in its latest issue.

"When Algeria renewed its lobbying contract in May 2020 for a sum approaching 30,000 euros per month, the American lobbyist David Keene probably did not imagine that the Trump Administration would, a few months later, make a choice particularly unfavorable to his client by recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara," the magazine discloses in an article under the title "Sahara: the Counterattack of Algerian Lobbies in Washington."

The US decision is "undoubtedly bad news for Algiers, whose US lobbyist is responsible for promoting the regional role in the US capital," it says.

The mission of David Keene is to convince Americans of the importance of Algeria, especially in the field of defense and to tarnish the image of Morocco.

In this context, Keene has openly attacked Trump, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Jared Kushner following the decision to recognize Morocco's sovereignty over the Sahara.

According to the author of the article, the rupture between the Republican David Keene and the incumbent president is consummated. He thus follows in the footsteps of his main ally in the Algerian case, former national security adviser John Bolton, close to David Keene and in conflict with Trump since his dismissal in September 2019, explains Jeune Afrique.

"If he is not himself directly a lobbyist for Algeria, John Bolton has long supported the holding of the referendum on self-determination and participated in the development of the James Baker II plan in 2003, which provided for the establishment of an autonomous provisional authority," the magazine points out.

"In addition to the Sahara issue, Keene is working to make the Algerian voice heard in the field of defense."

In the Senate, he can also count on the support of Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, who is also against the US decision on the Sahara.

In February 2019, this senator headed a delegation of US Congressmen to Algeria, where he met with former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, before visiting the Tindouf camp, recalls Jeune Afrique.

Jim Inhofe is the chairman of the Armed Forces Committee of the US Senate, a position that allows him to highlight US-Algerian cooperation in defense, the magazine observes.

On the Sahara issue, "it seems unlikely that the new president will back down. From this point of view, the tribunes of lobbyists hostile to Trump's decision resound like a swan song," the magazine concluded.