The Moroccan Kingdom says Israel recognises its sovereignty over the ‘disputed’ Western Sahara.
The remarks are contained in a statement issued by the Royal Office in Morocco’s capital, Rabat.
According to a statement, His Majesty King Mohammed VI, ‘may God assist him ‘,has received a letter from the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, His Excellency Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu backing Morocco’s sovereignty over the territory.
“In this letter, the Israeli Prime Minister brought to the Very High Attention of His Majesty the King, may God assist Him, the decision of the State of Israel to ‘recognize the sovereignty of Morocco over the territory of Western Sahara,”
“In this respect, the Israeli Prime Minister indicated that his country’s position will be ‘reflected in all relevant acts and documents of the Israeli Government,” reads a statement.
A statement adds that Netanyahu also stressed that the decision would be ‘transmitted to the United Nations, to regional and international organizations of which Israel is a member, and to all countries with which Israel maintains diplomatic relations.
“In his letter to the Sovereign, the Israeli Prime Minister informed that Israel is positively examining ‘the opening of a consulate in the city of Dakhla,’ as part of the implementation of this state decision, ” adds a statement.
Meanwhile, Germany reiterated, on Thursday, its support for the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara, presented in 2007, as a “serious and credible” effort by the Kingdom and a “very good basis for a solution accepted by the parties”.
Morocco has had control of the western sahara since 1975, after Spanish colonial rule ended through the GreenMarch.
The Algerian-backed Polisario Front demands an independent state in Western Sahara. In 2020, then-US President Donald Trump recognised Morocco’s claim to the territory, followed Germany, Netherlands, Spain and recently Italy who consider the Moroccan initiative for the autonomy as a credible, realistic and long standing solution to contribute to the UN-led political process with the aim of finding an agreed upon and implementable political solution to end the dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.