The king of Morocco, Mohammed VI, is vacationing in Cuba with his family and entourage. For their comfort he rented the entire 96-room Saratoga Hotel in Old Havana for 10 nights, reports El Mundo.
Cuba and Morocco do not have diplomatic relations, but instead a historic enmity, existing from Cuba’s support for the Polisario Front in its decades long fight for self-determination of the Western Sahara, which Morocco opposes.
News of the visit circulates in the foreign press but has passed practically unnoticed in the official Cuban media. Nonetheless extra security is evident with some streets partially blocked off near the hotel.
Hotel sources told El Mundo that the royal family reserved the entire 8-story hotel although it is only occupying three floors. The royal guests also plan to visit the pristine Santa Maria Cay about 185 miles east of the capital.