Following Israel’s recognition, the US reiterates its support for Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara

The American State Department’s Matthew Miller reiterated the country’s steadfast support for Morocco’s sovereignty over the Moroccan Sahara during a press conference in Washington on Tuesday.

Miller stressed that the U.S. had already adopted this position in December 2020 and that there has been no change since then in response to questions regarding Israel’s recent recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty.

Miller made it very apparent that there is no place for doubt or change in the U.S. government’s position that the Moroccan Sahara is an essential component of Morocco.

There is nothing more to say, he claimed, other than to note that the United States took this action in December 2020 and that nothing has changed since then.

In the meantime, we wholeheartedly support Staffan de Mistura’s efforts as the UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy to find a just and long-lasting political settlement to the Western Sahara conflict.

During the press conference that followed the meeting between Israeli President Isaac Herzog and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a reporter’s query prompted the spokesperson to respond.

This meeting took place after Israel formally acknowledged Morocco’s complete sovereignty over its southern provinces and announced its desire to establish a consulate in Dakhla.

Miller said he is not currently keeping track of the development of the idea to open a U.S. consulate in Dakhla, which has been delayed.

The restart of relations between Morocco and Israel, he pointed out, has been a definite good development, and the United States is still working to widen the circle of peace partners.

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