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In first, Israel publicly backs Moroccan sovereignty in Western Sahara

June 22, 2022

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked makes the unprecedented announcement during a trip to Morocco for a series of meetings with officials.

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked expressed Israel's first-ever public support of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara on Tuesday while on a trip to the kingdom for a series of meetings with officials. 

Shaked, who arrived in Morocco on Monday, met with Moroccan counterpart Abdelouafi Laftit and Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita to discuss, among other things, a program to bring workers from the kingdom to Israel, with an emphasis on the construction and nursing sectors. 

The Israeli Foreign Ministry stressed that the meeting reflected the two countries' commitment to renewing official ties. Although Morocco has a diplomatic office in Israel, it has not yet opened an official embassy. Israel's official recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara is expected to bring about progress in the matter. 

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