Quoting a letter from the Israeli prime minister, Morocco’s royal cabinet announced on Monday that the Jewish state has decided to “recognize Morocco’s sovereignty” over the disputed territory of Western Sahara. Benjamin Netanyahu also informs Mohammed VI that Israel is considering positively “the opening of a consulate in the city of Dakhla”, located in the part of Western Sahara controlled by the kingdom.
Israel has decided to “recognize Morocco’s sovereignty” over the disputed territory of Western Sahara, the royal cabinet in Rabat announced on Monday, July 17, citing a letter from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“By this letter, the Israeli Prime Minister has brought to the Very High Attention of His Majesty the King (Mohammed VI) the decision of the State of Israel to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over the territory of Western Sahara”, indicated the Palace in a press release.
In his missive, Benjamin Netanyahu informed the sovereign that Israel was examining positively “the opening of a consulate in the city of Dakhla”, located in the part of Western Sahara controlled by the kingdom.
In Jerusalem, requested by AFP, the office of Benjamin Netanyahu specified that “Israel confirms the details contained in the announcement” of the Moroccan authorities.
Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, is controlled for the most part by Morocco but claimed by the Sahrawi separatists of the Polisario Front, supported by Algeria.
Morocco and Israel normalized diplomatic relations in December 2020 as part of the Abraham Accords, a process between Israel and several Arab countries, backed by Washington.
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In return, Rabat obtained from Washington the recognition of “Moroccan sovereignty” over Western Sahara.
Source: France 24