Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a letter to King Mohammed VI announcing his decision.
Israel has decided to “recognize Morocco’s sovereignty” over the disputed territory of Western Sahara, the royal cabinet in Rabat announced on Monday, citing a letter from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Through this letter, the Israeli Prime Minister brought to the Very High Attention of His Majesty King Mohammed VI the decision of the State of Israel to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over the territory of Western Sahara,” the Palace said. 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.
A territory claimed by separatists
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.
In return, Rabat obtained from Washington the recognition of “Moroccan sovereignty” over Western Sahara.
Source: BFM TV