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What diplomatic game has the kingdom of Morocco engaged in?

DECRYPTION – Cold with Madrid and at loggerheads with Algiers, Rabat, which remains on its guard against Paris, is obsessed with the fate of Western Sahara.

Morocco has had enough. Nearly ten years after formulating its autonomy plan for the Sahara without obtaining international recognition of its sovereignty over this territory disputed by the Sahrawi separatists of the Polisario Front, the kingdom has radically changed its strategy. Rather than continuing its lobbying within the United Nations, where the file stumbles on the impossible organization of a referendum, Morocco is ostensibly turning away from its traditional allies, too timid for its taste, and is seeking new support from 2016.

In December 2020, Donald Trump suddenly offered to trade US recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara for the restoration of Morocco’s diplomatic relations with Israel. At the same time, Morocco’s free trade agreements with the European Union applied to Western Sahara are dangerously contested by the Polisario before European justice. Despite European legalism…

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