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Western Sahara Movement Denounces U.S. Embrace of Morocco Rule

  • Trump accepted Rabat position on disputed territory Thursday
  • Decision encouraged peace deal between Morocco and Israel
A border crossing point between Morocco and Mauritania in Guerguerat in Western Sahara after the intervention of the royal Moroccan armed forces in the area.

A border crossing point between Morocco and Mauritania in Guerguerat in Western Sahara after the intervention of the royal Moroccan armed forces in the area.

Photographer: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

The armed independence movement in Western Sahara condemned the Trump administration for recognizing Morocco’s claim to the territory as it announced a peace deal between the kingdom and Israel, vowing to make the “sacrifices” necessary to advance their struggle.

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he was accepting Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, a significant shift in a dispute that has affected the North African state’s international standing, as he outlined the accord between Rabat and Israel.