Israel recognizes western Sahara as part of Morocco

western Sahara as part of Morocco
western Sahara. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMAN — On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a letter to King Mohammed VI, recognizing Morocco's sovereignty over the Western Sahara. Israel is also considering the opening of a consulate in Dakhla, the regional capital. The letter stated that Israel will convey its position to the UN and all states it holds diplomatic relations with, according to Morocco's royal palace.اضافة اعلان

Since 1975, when Spanish colonial rule ended, Morocco has controlled the territory, but international recognition has been limited, Al Jazeera reported. The Western Sahara remains a long-standing territorial dispute, with the Algerian-backed Polisario Front seeking an independent state, a demand rejected by Morocco. A war between Polisario and Morocco lasted from 1975 to 1991 until a ceasefire deal was reached.

Sahrawi refugees
Around 175,000 Sahrawi refugees currently live in camps in Algeria, with Rabat accusing Algeria of arming the movement, although Algeria denies this. In 2020, former US President Donald Trump recognized Morocco's claim, partially as a means to strengthen relations with Israel.

The recent development comes after Netanyahu's national security adviser met with Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita in Rabat, focusing on strengthening cooperation in statecraft and security matters.

However, the Moroccan government decided to cancel the Negev Summit, an economic and security summit involving Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco under the Abraham Accords framework, due to Israel's settlement plans in the West Bank Area.

Following this announcement, Israel expects Morocco to host the Negev Summit without further postponement.

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