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US reiterates its support for Morocco’s plan for the Sahara | International

US President Joe Biden at the White House today.
US President Joe Biden at the White House today.Chris Kleponis/POOL (EFE)

The Joe Biden Administration has reiterated this Friday that Morocco’s plan for Western Sahara is a “serious, credible and realistic” initiative, after Spain supported this Moroccan proposal presented in 2007. The State Department expresses that it does not there is nothing new, since that same position was expressed last week during the visit of the Undersecretary of State, Wendy Sherman, to Rabat. According to the Efe agency, a spokesman for US diplomacy said that Washington considers Morocco’s plan as “a potential approach to satisfy the aspirations of the people of Western Sahara.” “We support Staffan de Mistura as the personal envoy of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara and we actively support his efforts to promote a peaceful and prosperous future for the people of Western Sahara and the region,” said the spokesman, always according to Eph.

At the stroke of a tweet, in December 2020, just six weeks after leaving power, the outgoing Administration of Donald Trump recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, in exchange for the full establishment of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel, reached with Washington’s mediation. USA finished with status quo. Morocco thus became the fourth Arab country to agree to normalize its relations with the Jewish state, after the United Arab Emirates did so in August and was followed in September by Bahrain and in October by Sudan, in what are known as the Abraham Accords. Trump made that historic decision before handing over power on January 20 and when he had not yet recognized his defeat in the presidential elections.

In a historic turn in Spain’s policy on the conflict in Western Sahara, the Government of Pedro Sánchez supported this Friday the autonomy initiative proposed in 2007 by Morocco for Western Sahara as the “most realistic” way to resolve a conflict that is It has been going on for almost five decades. The decision, initially announced by Morocco and later confirmed by the Spanish Government, represents a total change in Spain’s position regarding the future of the Sahara, since until now it defended the UN agreements to hold a referendum in that territory to determine its political future.

After Trump’s decision, the United States became at that time the only Western country that recognized the sovereignty of the Alaouite kingdom over Western Sahara, a territory that Morocco controls and manages in fact by 80% since Spain abandoned its colony in 1975. Trump’s action marked a drastic change in Washington’s policy regarding the Sahara and a snub to UN resolutions. It was then up to President-elect Joe Biden to decide whether he would reverse the measure once he took office.

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