Hours earlier, the Moroccan royal cabinet announced that King Mohamed VI had received a message from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informing him of such a measure.
The office of the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, confirmed through a letter sent to Morocco that it decided to recognize Rabat’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, a territory in dispute with the Saharawi Republic, the Hebrew country’s media reported on Monday.
“I welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu’s announcement on the recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara,” wrote Eli Cohen, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, on his Twitter account. “This step strengthen relations between the two countries and peoples and will allow the continuation of cooperation to deepen regional peace and stability,” he added.
Hours earlier, the Moroccan royal cabinet announced in a statement that King Mohamed VI had received a message from the Israeli president, in which he informed him that his country had decided to take such a measure.
Likewise, it was indicated that Netanyahu affirmed that this position will be reflected in all the relevant acts and documents of his government, detailing that “the United Nations, regional and international organizations of which Israel is a member, as well as all the countries with which Israel has diplomatic relations.
Possible consulate in Dakhla
In his letter, Netanyahu also stated that, within the framework of this decision, Israel is “positively” considering the possibility of opening a consulate in the Saharawi city of Dakhla, occupied by Morocco, which considers it the capital of the Moroccan region of Dakhla. -River of gold.
Last month, Amir Ohana, speaker of the Knesset – Israel’s unicameral parliament – said his country should take steps to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, thus following the example of his ally closest, USAwhich it did in 2020 under the Abraham Accords.
The dispute over Western Sahara dates back to 1975, when Spain, until then a colonial power, withdrew from that territory, after which a 15-year war broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario movement, which seeks independence and has called for a UN-supervised self-determination referendum. Rabat currently controls almost 80% of Western Sahara and advocates an exercise of limited autonomy.