US praises Morocco plan on Western Sahara as tensions rise


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken offered praise Monday for Morocco’s proposal on Western Sahara, marking fresh support despite rising tension over the territory with Algeria.

Former president Donald Trump last year broke global precedent by recognizing Morocco’s claims over Western Sahara, winning the kingdom’s promise to normalize relations with Israel. President Joe Biden’s administration has sought to sidestep over discussion of the sovereignty question but has left Trump’s decision in place.

Welcoming Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, Blinken praised Morocco for last year becoming one of three Arab states to forge relations with Israel — whose defense minister, Benny Gantz, visits Rabat on Tuesday to look at cooperation.—AP

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