The Polisario chose to ignore the contribution of the OPEC Fund for International Development to finance part of the second phase of the detailed preliminary studies of the gas pipeline project between Nigeria and Morocco. Algeria’s financial contribution to the aforementioned fund is the direct reason for this silence, since it is a founding member of the OPEC Fund, the creation of which was announced at the Conference of Heads of State of the Organization of oil, organizer. In March 1976 in Algiers.
On the other hand, the separatist movement was very decisive with the Australian engineering company WorleyParsons, which won the contract to carry out the preliminary technical studies for the gas pipeline project, which will link the Kingdom to Nigeria by sea.
The Saharan Petroleum and Mining Authority calls on the Australian company and other foreign companies linked to the Moroccan-Nigerian gas project to “abandon their activities and investments in Western Sahara”.
The Polisario also informed “the African Union of the dangers of such activities taking place on the territories of the Member States of the African Union, and therefore asks it to assume its responsibilities in the defense of the sovereignty and wealth of its States. members, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitutive Charter of the African Union and its Basic Law,” referring to the same authority in a statement.
If the Polisario forgot to mention the financial contribution to the OPEC Fund for International Development, it launched actions towards the Islamic Development Bank (ISBD), which contributes up to 50% of the necessary amount (90 .1 million) for the completion of the second phase of the initial engineering design of the Nigerian Moroccan Gas Pipeline.
As a reminder, the Polisario had already chosen to remain silent, the day after the announcement, in November 2020, of the signing. A new Moroccan-Russian fishing agreement including the waters of Western Sahara.
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