United States adopts map showing Western Sahara as part of Morocco


Algeria's prime minister lashed out Saturday at the decision by neighboring Morocco to normalize relations with Israel, decrying it as an effort to destabilize his country.

Trump's administration said it was recognizing Moroccan claims to Western Sahara as part of a deal under which Morocco agreed to normalize its relations with Israel.

The deal includes the reopening of liaison offices in Tel Aviv and Rabat, and the eventual opening of embassies.

On Friday, a senior Iranian official has condemned Morocco's normalisation of ties with Israel as a "betrayal of Islam".

A palace statement last week said King Mohammed VI had agreed to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel with "minimal delay".

Regarding Trump's second announcement on Thursday, that the United States officially recognizes Morocco's sovereignty over Western Sahara, Pompeo affirmed that the Moroccan Autonomy Plan is the only possible solution to the territorial dispute.

The people of Morocco and the Jewish people have had a warm relationship in the modern period.

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"Morocco has an important history with the Jewish community, a history that is special in the Arab world", he told the paper. More recently we have seen Yasser Arafat, the reformed Palestinian terrorist, and former Israeli prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, appointed Laureates for their contribution to the 1993 Oslo Accords, even though Mr Arafat's subsequent refusal to sign up to Bill Clinton's Camp David agreement in 2000 consigned the region to another two decades of conflict.

Morocco had reacted with "restraint", he said.

In a televised address, he thanked Morocco's king and said the people of Israel and Morocco have had a "warm relationship in the modern period".

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh is now based in Qatar, but there was no immediate confirmation that he and Abbas would meet.

It is also a blow to the Palestinians, who for years had received funding from Morocco and had considered them supporters of their cause.

Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahrar called on Morocco's parliament to pass legislation "to criminalise the normalisation".

"The deal between the triangle of America, Morocco and the Zionist regime was done in exchange for Morocco's betrayal of Islam (and) the Palestinian cause, selling Muslims' honour to global Zionism", foreign policy adviser Ali Akbar Velayati said on his official website Friday.

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