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Israel Recognizes Morocco’s Sovereignty Over Western Sahara

Israel Recognizes Morocco’s Sovereignty Over Western Sahara

Thursday, 23 June, 2022 - 07:30
Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita (MAP)

Israel recognizes Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked announced during an official visit to the country.


Shaked said that "Israel supports the sovereignty of Morocco on the Sahara.” She met the Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, in Rabat.


“We talked about the close relationship between the two countries, and also the joint projects that we can do together,” announced Shaked.


According to a statement issued by her office, Shaked “publicly expressed for the first time Israel’s support of Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara.”


The statement did not include a direct quote and her spokeswoman declined to provide one.


Earlier on Tuesday, Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit held with his Israeli counterpart a meeting, which was attended by several senior officials of the two countries' interior ministries.


A statement by the Ministry of the Interior stated that this meeting falls within the context of the joint declaration between Morocco, the US, and Israel, signed before King Mohammed VI, in December 2020.


It also reflects the commitment to resume full official contact between Morocco and Israel.


A source explained that the meeting constituted an occasion for a fruitful exchange between the two ministers on issues that fall within the competencies of their respective sectors and the promising prospects for cooperation between the two countries.


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