HAVANA, April 8th King Mohamed VI traveled with his family to Cuba, an unprecedented visit to a country that happens to be one of the most solid allies of the Polisario Front in the American continent.
According to the website CaribbeanNews Digital, the monarch never came to Cayo Santa Maria after having reserved it . He is currently staying in Hotel Saratoga in Havana.
Sources who prefer anonymity assure that all the service employees of the king are staying at the Hotel Telegrafo near the Central Park Havana. Mohamed VI travels in the company of his wife Salma Bennani, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, and Princess Lalla Khadija.
The reason for the trip seems to be the birthday celebration of Moulay Hassan, who will celebrate his 14th birthday next May 8 and rumors he used three planes to transport all people traveling with him to Cuba. According to the source consulted By Caribbean News Digital, the monarch will also visit other places of interest of the island, including Varadero.
Mohamed VI, 53, ascended the throne in July 1999 after the death of his father, Hassan II. It is the eighteenth monarch of the Alawi dynasty that has ruled in Morocco since 1666.
Morocco has no diplomatic relations with Cuba and it is one of the few Latin American countries without an embassy in Rabat since Morocco broke off its relations in 1980 in response to the Cuban recognition of the Sahrawi Democratic Arab Republic.
Cuba is one of the countries that welcomes and forms a larger number of Polisario Front cadres, and Havana has become the strongest Latin American capital in favor of the Saharawi pro-independence theses, with Caracas and Montevideo.
The monarch’s trip is supposed to have the permission and approval of the Cuban authorities, who have also not filtered anything about the trip, although Caribbean News Digital claimed that it was like celebrating the 14th anniversary of Crown Prince Mulay Hasan.