Moroccan Foreign Minister to Court AIPAC as Biden Reportedly Sticks by Trump Deal on Western Sahara

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The Saharawi Polisario Front fought a 16-year war against Morocco and Mauritania for an independent Western Sahara, which ended in a UN-brokered peace and a promise of an independence referendum that hasn’t come. Until recently the US supported it, but has now prioritized shoring up international support for israel.

The Biden administration won’t be changing course on former US President Donald Trump’s December 2020 decision to recognize Morocco’s claims of sovereignty over Western Sahara. The news comes amid reports Morocco’s chief diplomat plans to attend a conference hosted by the American israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Israel’s largest lobby in the US.

The closest thing mentioned in the readout says Blinken “welcomed Morocco’s steps to improve relations with Israel and noted the Morocco-Israel relationship will bring long-term benefits for both countries.”

Bourita to Court Israeli Lobby

The news comes amid reports that Bourita is attending a May 6 event hosted by the AIPAC in what is likely an attempt to further shore up support from the Biden administration after an ambiguous move by Washington at a recent United Nations meeting on Western Sahara.

The event will reportedly be attended by a number of prominent US and Israeli figures, including Israeli infrastructure minister Yuval Steinitz; the Israeli Defense Ministry’s politico-military affairs director, Zohar Palti; and Binyamin Zomer, Director of Corporate…

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