Washington has unarchived on Tuesday the “Tripartite Joint Declaration between the United States, Morocco and Israel” and posted the text on the State Department website, confirming thus the recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over its Sahara by the US administration.
The move from archived to unarchived is significant as it declares the information to be true and accepted by the US government.
The Morocco-US-Israel tripartite declaration was signed, under the chairmanship of King Mohammed VI, in Rabat on December 22, 2020 near the end of the presidency of Donald Trump.
The finalized declaration, published under the Office of Treaty Affairs, states that “The United States recognizes Moroccan sovereignty over the entire Western Sahara and reaffirms its support for Morocco’s serious, credible, and realistic autonomy proposal as the only basis for a just and lasting solution to the dispute over the Western Sahara territory.”
The declaration was unarchived just hours after the phone talk held on Tuesday, May 18, between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.
During the talk, Blinken emphasized Morocco’s “key role” in peace and stability in the Middle East.
“The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed their shared concern about the violence in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza, which has claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including children”, said the State Department spokesperson, Ned Price, in a statement.
During the phone conversation, Mr. Blinken “highlighted the importance of the strong bilateral partnership and Morocco’s key role in fostering stability in the region”, underlined the statement.
In his tweeter account, the US Secretary said he discussed with Bourita “the importance of restoring calm in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza to prevent further loss of life”.
“Morocco is a strategic partner, and we will work together to end this conflict”, affirmed Mr. Blinken.