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Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara, the vague statement of the Department of State spokesman

the US Department of State spokesman Ned Price. / DR
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The Sahara issue was at the heart of the US Department of State daily press briefing, held by spokesperson Ned Price on Monday. «We will continue to support the UN process to implement a just and lasting solution to this long-standing dispute and will also support the work of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to monitor the ceasefire and prevent violence in the area», he said.  

When asked again about the territorial conflict, the spokesman answered : «It means, I don’t have any updates for you».

The spokesperson welcomed, however, the resumption of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel. These statements come the same day that the talks between Antony Bliken and his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi were held. 

The discussion focused on the dispute between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the State Department said in a statement. On the other hand, the talks did not address the peace agreements concluded between Tel Aviv and the four Arab countries: United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.

«For decades, U.S. Administrations failed to resolve the conflict between Morocco and Western Sahara, because they didn't want to take risks. We did, in the interest of peace», said in January  the former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to justify the recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara.

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