A week ago Donald Trump recognised Morocco's sovereignty over the region under dispute, the Sahara. After the latest clashes between the Saharawi Polisario Front and Morocco, the United Nations Security Council intends to discuss the issue of Western Sahara on Monday. This was confirmed to Reuters by the diplomats involved.
They added that Germany had asked for a closed-door meeting to discuss the desert with the Council, on which the US president had already made an early announcement last week. This meant a change in US policy.
This Tuesday António Guterres and the Security Council received from Kelly Craft, the US ambassador to the United Nations, a copy of Trump's statement recognising that the whole territory of the Sahara is part of the Kingdom of Morocco.
The Polisario Front has been seeking an independent state in the Sahara since Spain abandoned its colony in 1975. In 1991 the United States supported a ceasefire between Morocco and the Sahara, which signed its peace that year, which was broken off in 2020.
Currently, UN peacekeepers are monitoring the truce between the two sides. Stephane Dujarric, the UN spokesman, said last week that Guterres' position has not changed.
"The UN Secretary General is still convinced that a solution to the problem of the Sahara can be found, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions," Dujurric added.
After the agreement between Morocco and the United States regarding Israel, which Kushner helped to negotiate, the US delegation and the Israeli team will take the first commercial flight from Tel Aviv to Rabat. This was confirmed by a high-ranking US official to Reuters, giving him evidence of progress following the agreement.
On Monday, the US special envoy for peace in the Middle East, Avi Berkowitz, Kushner and Adam Buehler, the executive director of the International Finance Corporation, are expected to go to Israel.
Israeli airline El Al is expected to be the first to arrange the first direct flight from Tel Aviv to Rabat. A delegation led by Meir Ben Shabat, the head of Israel's National Security Council, and Kushner's team would take it.
Last week the White House and the Royal Court of Morocco announced the normalisation of relations between Morocco and Israel. The United States decided to recognise Morocco's sovereignty over the Sahara vis-à-vis the Polisario Front, a step that no Western country had taken.