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Israel formally recognizes Morocco's sovereignty over the territory of Western Sahara, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in a letter to Moroccan King Mohammed VI today (Monday).

The office of the King announced the new Israeli position.

Israel joins the US in recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. Former US President Donald Trump recognized Morocco's sovereignty over the territory in December 2020, after Morocco agreed to normalize its relations with Israel and join the Abraham Accords.

The Moroccan Foreign Ministry stated: "HM King Mohammed VI received a letter from the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, H.E. Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, who brought to the Very High Attention of HM the King, the decision of Israel to ‘’recognize the sovereignty of Morocco over the territory of Western Sahara’’.

"In this respect, the Israeli Prime Minister indicated that his country's position will be ‘’reflected in all relevant acts and documents of the Israeli Government. He also stressed that the decision would be ‘’transmitted to the United Nations, to regional and international organizations of which Israel is a member, and to all countries with which Israel maintains diplomatic relations’.

"In his letter to the Sovereign, the Israeli Prime Minister informed that Israel is positively examining ‘’the opening of a consulate in the city of Dakhla’’, as part of the implementation of this state decision," the ministry's statement concluded.