In an unprecedented move, US President Donald Trump recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, APA reports citing Marocco World News.
Trump took to his Twitter today, saying that the US has no option other than supporting Morocco in its cause.
“Morocco recognized the United States in 1777. It is thus fitting we recognize their sovereignty over the Western Sahara.”
Trump shared a series of tweets lauding diplomatic relations between the two countries.
He said that he signed a proclamation recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara.
The US president, who will leave the White House in January, also reiterated the US’ support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan.
“Morocco’s serious, credible, and realistic autonomy proposal is the ONLY basis for a just and lasting solution for enduring peace and prosperity!” he tweeted.
Following Trump’s tweets, the White House shared a statement to reaffirm support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan.
“The United States recognizes Moroccan sovereignty over the entire Western Sahara territory 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 White House said.
The oval office emphasized that the US believes an “independent Sahrawi State” is not a “realistic option” to end the Western Sahara conflict.
The White House also called on all parties to engage in discussions without delay, using Morocco’s Autonomy Plan.
US Ambassador to Morocco David Fischer welcomed the “historic announcement,” qualifying it as “a major milestone in more than 200 years of friendship between our two countries.”