Spain’s Foreign Ministry adopts Morocco’s undivided map, including its Sahara

Spain’s Foreign Ministry adopts Morocco’s undivided map, including its Sahara

The Foreign ministry of Spain has published on its website a map showing undivided Morocco including the Sahara. The move comes after Spain’s decision to officially endorse the Moroccan Autonomy Plan as the most serious and credible basis to end the dispute over the Sahara and the landmark meeting held Thursday in Rabat between Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and King Mohammed VI.

The new map adopted by the Spanish Foreign department no longer shows the Sahara separated by dotted lines from the rest of the Moroccan territory. This means that Madrid recognizes the Moroccanness of the Sahara.

In the joint statement issued following the talks between King Mohammed VI and the Spanish PM, Spain reiterated that the Moroccan autonomy plan, presented in 2007, is the “most serious, realistic and credible basis for the resolution of the Sahara dispute”.

Spain highlighted that it recognizes the importance of the Sahara issue for Morocco and applauded Morocco’s “serious and credible efforts” in the framework of the UN to find a mutually acceptable solution for the Sahara dispute.

Following the recognition by the United States in 2020 of Morocco’s full sovereignty over its entire Saharan territory, several American governmental bodies, agencies and entities including the State Department, the CIA, the Pentagon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NASA, as well as NATO, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the BBC, the Arab League… have all adopted Morocco’s official map including the Sahara.

The moves are a new milestone and another diplomatic achievement for Morocco in its position regarding its territorial integrity and sovereignty.


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