Canary Islands and Morocco to hold meetings for maritime line reopening

Canary Islands officials and Moroccan government members will meet this week to discuss reopening the maritime link to Tarfaya.

Representatives from the Government of the Canary Islands, the Fuerteventura Island Council, the Government Delegation, the Ports of the archipelago, and Canary Islands business leaders are gearing up for a series of meetings this week with members of the Moroccan government, aimed at advancing the reopening of the maritime line between the islands and Tarfaya.

A Moroccan delegation, led by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport and Logistics, Khalid Cherkaoui, will make the journey to the Canary Islands for these important discussions. On Thursday, January 11th, they will engage in talks with the Canary Islands President, Fernando Clavijo, along with the Regional Minister of Public Works, Housing, and Mobility, Pablo Rodríguez, the Director General of Relations with Africa, Luis Padilla, and the delegate of Proexca in Morocco, Elvira Butler, as announced by the regional government in a press release.

These meetings serve as an opportunity to evaluate the progress made since 2023 in the efforts to reestablish the maritime link between the Canary Islands and Tarfaya. The Canary Islands Government has emphasized the strategic importance of this connection in strengthening economic, commercial, and cultural ties between the archipelago and Morocco.

Canary Islands and Morocco to hold meetings for maritime line reopening

Key participants in these discussions will include the President of the Fuerteventura Island Council, Lola García; the Consul General of the Kingdom of Morocco in the Canary Islands, Fatiha El Kamouri; the Director of the Moroccan Merchant Navy, El Najib Karkouri; the Head of the Maritime Transport Division, Anes El Oulalia; the director of regulation of Activities and Operations of the Moroccan National Ports Agency, Mustapha Lhamouz; the commander of the Port of Laâyoune, El-Mostafa Moukka; and the maritime captain of the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Antonio Conde, among others.

During the Moroccan delegation’s visit, they are scheduled to be received by the president of the Port Authority of Las Palmas, Beatriz Calzada, at the Port of La Luz and Las Palmas on January 11th. This will be followed by a tour of the port and the Hamilton y Cia facilities.

Subsequently, they will travel to the island of Tenerife for a meeting with the President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, before heading to Fuerteventura later that afternoon. On Friday, they will visit the port facilities in Puerto del Rosario and engage in a working meeting with the Fuerteventura Island Council, the Chamber of Commerce, and other relevant public and private stakeholders.

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