The statement was made during a phone call between US Secretary of state Antony Blenken and Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, Axios, the well informed website, said, quoting two sources familiar with the call.
Algeria’s mirage of a reversal of the US recognition in favor of its Polisario separatist proxies was dissipated on the reality rock of Rabat-Washington solid partnership.
A day earlier, Algerian media bragged about their foreign minister Sabri Boukadoum’s phone call with Blenken. In a facebook post, Boukadoum said that the Sahara was on top of the agenda, while the readout of the US State Department did not refer to the issue.
The US recognized Morocco’s territorial integrity and voiced support for its autonomy plan last December as part of a deal that also included the resumption of ties between Morocco and Israel.
The recognition came in a presidential declaration with an immediate legal effect. Since then, the Sahara is considered by Washington as part and parcel of Morocco’s territory. The two countries are preparing for Africa’s largest military drills, The African Lion, which shall take part in the Sahara territory.
During the phone talk he held Friday with the Moroccan FM, Antony Blenken “welcomed Morocco’s steps to improve relations with Israel and noted the Morocco-Israel relationship will bring long-term benefits for both countries,” the State Department said.