US Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed on Tuesday that some of the incentives that were offered to the four states to improve ties with Israel merited “a hard look.”
The New York Times quoted Blinken as saying during a session of the US Senate that among these incentives are “benefits that defy international norms, such as recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara”.
On December 10, outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump announced recognition of Morocco’s alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara in return for normalization of relations between the Moroccan regime and Israel. This proclamation was denounced both in the United States and by the international community, which recalled its illegal nature.
The United Nations considers the occupied Sahrawi territories as non-self-governing territories where a referendum on self-determination has been planned since 1991.
The organization recalled that its position vis-à-vis the Sahrawi issue remained unchanged despite Trump’s announcement.