Trump agrees to recognise Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara

Trump agrees to recognise Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara

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December 11, 2020 0

Trump agrees to recognise Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara

Israel and Morocco agreed on Thursday to normalise relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States, making Morocco the fourth Arab country to set aside hostilities with Israel in the past four months.

As part of the agreement, the US president, Donald Trump, agreed his country would become the first western state to recognise Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara. The former Spanish territory has been at the heart of a bitter long-running conflict between the north African country and the Algeria-backed Polisario Front, a breakaway movement that seeks to establish an independent state.

The White House said that Israel and Morocco will forge diplomatic and trade relations, including the immediate reopening of liaison offices in Rabat and Tel Aviv, and eventually embassies.

The two countries had enjoyed low-level ties after 1993 when an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal was reached, but Rabat later suspended relations following the outbreak of the Palestinian uprising, known as the second intifada, in 2000.

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