US Policy on the Moroccan Sahara is in Continuous Support and Recognition

Elliot Abrams, former senior US diplomat and Assistant National Security Advisor to the White House (2005-2009) expressed that the Biden administration is to abide by the proclamation issued by the Trump’s administration concerning the recognition of the Moroccan Sahara taking into consideration that Morocco is a “long-standing loyal strategic ally” to USA.

Elliot Abrams, former senior US diplomat and Assistant National Security Advisor to the White House (2005-2009) expressed that the Biden administration is to abide by the proclamation issued by the Trump’s administration concerning the recognition of the Moroccan Sahara taking into consideration that Morocco is a “long-standing loyal strategic ally” to USA.

Elliot Abrams expressed his views during a virtual conference the New York City Bar Association (NYCBAR) organized on this subject.

He further explained that Algeria takes advantage of the Sahara issue to undermine Morocco and that this is clearly manifested by Algeria’s support of the “Polisario”. Algeria has no interest whatsoever in the Sahara issue, as a matter of fact, the Algeria regime abuses its power to instrumentalize the “Polisario” and use it as a hegemonic rivalry against Morocco.

Elliot Abrams pointed out that cutting off the Sahara from Morocco is but a move to destabilize a historical ally of the US and cause instability in the region as the Sahara has never been historically independent.

He further advanced that the United States should oppose any attempt to attack the territorial integrity of Morocco as it is impossible to conceive the “Polisario”, an autocrat separatist movement, playing the role of a democratic state.

Eugene Kontorovich, professor and director of the Center for the Middle East and International Law at George Mason University, pointed out that the US policy on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara is in continuous support and recognition.

He further clarified that Joe Biden “does not need to endorse” the Proclamation adopted by Turmp explaining that Joe Biden is “himself the current President of a country which already recognizes this sovereignty”.

Kontorovich further explained that the US policy on the Moroccan Sahara “remains consistent with international law” pointing out the fact that an increasing number of Arab and African countries have opened Consulates in the region of the Moroccan Sahara as a sign of support and recognition of Morocco’s full sovereignty over this region.

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