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Biden to Uphold Western Sahara Recognition for Sake of Israel - FARS

Biden to Uphold Western Sahara Recognition for Sake of Israel


(FNA)- US President Joe Biden reportedly decided to uphold the Donald Trump administration’s controversial decision to recognize Morocco’s disputed sovereignty over the Western Sahara.



The recognition came as part of a deal with the despotic North African country to normalize relations with the Israeli regime.

US Secreteray Antony Blinken informed Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita during a Friday phone call that the Biden administration would not, “for the time being”, reverse his predecessor’s pro-Israeli move in the waning days of his presidency, US-based Axios news website reported, citing “two sources familiar with the call”.

“The secretary welcomed Morocco’s steps to improve relations with Israel and noted the Morocco-Israel relationship will bring long-term benefits for both countries,” according to a readout of the call released by the State Department.

Responding to inquires about the issue during a Friday press briefing, State Department deputy spokesperson Jaline Porter tried to dodge the issue.

“When it comes to Western Sahara, we are consulting privately with parties on how to best halt the violence there… We would also talk about having the goal to achieve a lasting settlement,” she said.

Trump’s recognition of the Western Sahara as part of Morocco reversed decades of Washington’s policy regarding the disputed territory. It was part of a wider agreement with Rabat’s ruler that included the renewal of diplomatic ties between the Israeli and the Moroccan regimes that triggered massive protests in the occupied Palestine and Morocco.

The US thus became the only Western country to recognize Morocco's sovereignty over Western Sahara, which was annexed by the Rabat regime in 1975 after former colonial European government of Spain surrendered control.

The report further revealed that 10 days ago Biden's Middle East advisor Brett McGurk “spoke to Bourita and gave the impression that there would be no change in the US policy on Western Sahara”, citing a source familiar with the call.

It also noted that although the State Department’s readout of Blinken's conversation with Bourita on Friday didn't mention Western Sahara, its sources confirmed that the matter was discussed and that Blinken did state that the Biden administration would not reverse Trump's policy for now.

Biden to Uphold Western Sahara Recognition for Sake of Israel

 

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