Israel confirms it has recognized Moroccan rule over Western Sahara

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita poses for a photo following the Negev Summit at the Israeli kibbutz of Sde Boker, on March 28, 2022 (JACK GUEZ / AFP)
Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita poses for a photo following the Negev Summit at the Israeli kibbutz of Sde Boker, on March 28, 2022 (JACK GUEZ / AFP)

The Prime Minister’s Office confirms that Benjamin Netanyahu has sent a letter to Morocco recognizing Rabat’s sovereignty over Western Sahara.

Earlier, the Royal Court said that Israel is recognizing Morocco’s control over the disputed region and would consider opening a consulate there.

“Israel confirms the details of the statement from the government of Morocco,” the PMO says.

Foreign Minister Eli Cohen welcomes the move.

“I welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu’s announcement on the recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara,” he says. “This step will strengthen the relations between the countries and between the peoples and the continuation of cooperation to deepen regional peace and stability.”

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