- Özgür Töre
Algeria on Monday suspended all tourism relations with Spain in a further escalation of tension between the two countries over the disputed region of Western Sahara.
A document dated June 19 from the Algerian Ministry of Tourism asks all tour operators to immediately suspend tourist relations with Spain. The document says the suspension is part of Algeria’s decision to suspend a friendship treaty with Madrid.
A source at an Algerian tour operator confirmed to Anadolu agency the order to suspend tourist relations with Spain.
Last week, Algeria suspended its 20-year-old friendship and cooperation treaty with Spain.
The North African country’s banking association, ABEF, has also ordered all banks to freeze banking operations related to trade with Spain.
The escalation came after the Spanish government changed its stance on the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
Spain had previously supported the independence of Western Sahara. However, after diplomatic tensions with Morocco rose last year, the government was persuaded to accept the position that Western Sahara should be an autonomous region with Morocco.
Algeria, a staunch supporter of independence for Western Sahara, called Spain’s reversal a “betrayal”.