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Sahara : President Joe Biden’s support for Israel’s peace agreements reassures Morocco

In a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Joe Biden agreed to promote peace agreements between Israel and states in the region, including Morocco.

US President Joe Biden. / DR
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US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held, Wednesday, a phone call, during which they agreed to «continue bolstering the strong alliance between Israel and the US».

The two leaders also «discussed continuing to promote peace agreements between Israel and states in the region, the Iranian threat and regional challenges», The Jerusalem Post and Reuters reported.

«Biden affirmed his personal history of steadfast commitment to Israel's security in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu», the White House announced in a statement that followed said phone call.

The American president «emphasized US support for recent normalization of relations between Israel and countries in the Arab and Muslim world and underscored importance of working to advance peace throughout the region, including between Israelis and Palestinians», the statement added.

«It was a good conversation», Biden later told reporters, as the Israeli prime minister's office called the conversation «warm and friendly» and mentioned it lasted nearly an hour.

Morocco reassured on the Sahara issue

The reaction of the new American president follows that of his new secretary of state. Speaking in January with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Antony Blinken «welcomed the Abraham Accords which were signed in recent months between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco». «Our commitment to Israel’s security is sacrosanct, and I look forward to working with the Foreign Minister and others toward our common goals», the new US Secretary of State said on his Twitter.

The statements of Biden and Blinken, intended to reassure Israel on the normalization agreements, after the suspension of the sale of arms to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, also reassures Morocco. The joint declaration signed by the Kingdom with Israel and the United States establishes, in fact, a close link between the normalization of diplomatic ties with the Jewish state and the American recognition of Morocco's sovereignty over the Sahara.

This phone call is also a serious blow to the maneuvers of pro-Polisario American lawmakers and Algerian lobbyists who are trying to push the new administration to annul the US recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara.

The latest attempt is a letter submitted by 27 Democratic and Republican senators. Initiated by James Inhofe (Republican Party) and Patrick Leahy (Democratic Party), the letter urges President Joe Biden to reverse the decree signed by former US President Donald Trump on December 10.

Morocco did not fail to react to the campaign led since December and during which former diplomats like James Baker, Christopher Ross and John Bolton were mandated against the decision of the former tenant of the White House.

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