Conrad Triple, Chargé d’Affairs to the US Embassy in Madrid, Spain, revealed that the United States is holding discussions with multiple parties on the Western Sahara file.
The position has not yet been determined
Triple explained, according to the newspaper:El Pais“Spanish, that his country has not resolved its position on the withdrawal of the decision to admit the American president. Former Donald Trump is Moroccan in the Sahara.
According to the newspaper, two countries play a major role in these consultations, namely France and Spain. Noting that there is a tendency to maintain the decision, but it will be conditional on political conditions.
Trump had recognized the Moroccanness of the Sahara in his decision on December 10, and the US State Department pledged. To open a consulate in the city of Dakhla, in the far south of the Sahara.
The American ambassador visited the city, and the Moroccan Foreign Ministry and its American counterpart organized a video conference meeting. Dozens of countries participated in it on the issue of the Sahara and investment opportunities in the region.
Since the arrival of the new American president, Joe Biden, to the White House and the beginning of his review of the decisions of his predecessor in many files.
Among these files: the Yemen war, the Iranian nuclear file, and the quality of relations with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as you live. Morocco is a state of suspense over the Sahara file, and the possibility of reviewing or maintaining Trump’s decision.
Spain cares about the issue
“We understand the importance of the issue to Spain,” the US diplomat said. It is one of the issues being studied. There are discussions. With all the actors within the framework of the United Nations.
However, he said, “But we have not yet made any decision. Foreign Minister Blinken stated that he wanted to know the context and obligations surrounding the decision.
He continued: “All I assure you is that the new administration is conducting discussions with allies and supporting multilateral institutions. Like the United Nations, and every decision that will be taken will be within this framework. ”
American and Western talks
The US State Department is holding talks with Western countries to come up with a unified position and with the other parties. Such as the United Nations and the countries concerned with the conflict such as Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania, in addition to the Polisario movement.
And in relation to the West, the discussions will focus with France and Spain. The former tends to support the Moroccan Sahara, thus maintaining a decision. Trump with its development as an entry point for a final solution to the conflict.
While Spain has reservations about Trump’s decision and has declared his opposition, although it has shown some flexibility recently, in order to avoid a worsening of relations with Morocco.
Earlier, the “Al-Quds Al-Arabi” newspaper, according to data obtained, referred to the same information that it provided. The Chargé d’Affairs, Conrad Triple, in his interview with El Pais newspaper.
According to the newspaper, there is a split in US diplomacy between supporters of maintaining Trump’s decision to recognize. Sovereignty of Morocco over the Sahara.
This comes by virtue of the status of a historic partner that Morocco enjoys in the eyes of the Americans.
According to the newspaper: “This team focuses on the fact that the decision may be an entry point for stability in the Maghreb and a solution to this conflict. It lasted more than five decades. And among those opposing the decision, describing it as a violation of international law, former Secretary of State James Baker, reviewing his vision in an article in the “Washington Post” newspaper, demanded that it be reversed.
And before the UN Security Council tackles the Sahara conflict next April, Washington will have crystallized its position. In this regard, whether or not to continue to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara.
According to the data previously indicated by “Al-Quds Al-Arabi”, it is more likely to maintain the position, while linking it to clear conditions. Related to the need for Rabat to respect human rights and set a realistic and clear agenda for implementing autonomy in the Sahara.
But this diplomat’s statements leave everything pending after he said that every decision will be in consultation with allies and the United Nations. The latter had criticized Trump’s decision, while Western countries did not go along with him by taking a similar decision.
Several days ago, 27 lawmakers called on US President Joe Biden to rescind his predecessor Donald Trump’s decision on Western Sahara.
In a letter addressed to the US president, the deputies urged a reinstatement of the US commitment to seeking a referendum. On the self-determination of the Sahrawi people of Western Sahara.
Today, @SenatorLeahy and I led 25 of our Senate colleagues in sending a letter urging @POTUS to reverse the previous misguided decision and recommit the U.S. to the pursuit of a referendum on self-determination for the Sahrawi people of Western Sahara. https://t.co/lceKxCoczP pic.twitter.com/dTaDvqUT2e
— Sen. Jim Inhofe (@JimInhofe) February 18, 2021
The signatory lawmakers considered Trump’s decision a “short-sighted”, as stated in the letter published by Senator Jim Inhove. Through his account on Twitter.
The letter described Trump’s decision as having undermined “decades of consistent US policy and alienated a large number of African countries.”
The letter also said, “We respectfully urge you to reverse this misguided decision, and to restore the commitment of the United States to pursue action. Referendum on the self-determination of the Sahrawi people in Western Sahara ”.
In the context, the representative of the Polisario Front in Spain, Abdullah El-Orabi, said, “The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. Waiting for a firm stance from the Spanish state on the Saharan issue.
In a press statement, Al-Orabi called on Madrid to shoulder its legal and political responsibilities towards the Sahrawi people.
He also added: “Spain must assume its political and legal responsibilities towards the Sahrawi people, to eliminate the last colonialism on the African continent.”
He pointed out that the recent statements of the Spanish Foreign Minister, Rancha Gonzalez Laya, regarding the settlement of the Saharan issue. Within the framework of the United Nations “something positive but not enough.”
He continued: “The Spanish state has an effective role and could lead an initiative towards a just and political solution” to the Saharan issue.
He stressed that it could “push in the direction of a legal settlement to the long-standing problem by supporting the implementation of Security Council and General Assembly resolutions.”
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