#Western Sahara

Western Sahara is a disputed and divided former Spanish colony, mostly under Morocco's control, where tensions with the Polisario Front have simmered since the 1970s. (Representative image: Unsplash)

  • Morocco launched a military operation on November 13 in the buffer zone of Guerguerat
  • The Polisario responded by declaring a 1991 ceasefire null and void
  • The UN-backed ceasefire deal was meant to lead to a referendum on self-determination

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In December, the US State Department opened a "virtual" diplomatic post in Western Sahara. (Representative Image/Pixabay)

  • US ambassador David Fischer visited Morocco to mark the start of work on a diplomatic office
  • Fischer called his visit "another historic milestone in more than 200 years of friendship" between Morocco and the US
  • The building is expected to be ready in coming months, Fischer added

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Morocco had recently re-established diplomatic ties with Israel.(Representative/Pixabay)

  • The map will be presented to Morocco's King Mohammed VI
  • Western Sahara is a disputed and divided former Spanish colony, mostly under Morocco's control
  • US President Donald Trump backed Morocco's contested sovereignty in Western Sahara

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Donald Trump announced on Thursday that Morocco was now the fourth Arab state this year to recognise Israel. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Donald Trump fulfilled a decades-old goal of Morocco's by backing its sovereignty
  • Western Sahara is a disputed and divided former Spanish colony
  • Russia's Bogdanov said Moscow saluted better ties between Morocco and Israel

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Donald Trump has got Morocco and Israel to resume diplomatic relations. (Photo Credit: AP / PTI)

  • Donald Trump hailed resumption of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel
  • US has recoganised the kingdom's sovereignty over disputed Western Sahara
  • Morocco and Israel had respectively maintained liaison offices in Tel Aviv and Rabat in the 1990s, closed them in 2000