Chairman of US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee warns against consequences of Trump’s announcement

The top House Democrat with oversight of foreign affairs, Rep. Eliot Engel, warned Thursday that Trump’s move to recognize Morocco’s claims in Western Sahara threatens legitimate multilateral efforts to solve long-standing conflicts.

“I am concerned this announcement upends a credible, internationally supported UN process to address the territorial dispute over Western Sahara, which successive administrations of both parties have supported,” Rep.  Engel said.

He recalled that “Morocco annexed the territory of Western Sahara in 1976 in a move that was not recognized by the international community and failed to bring an end to ongoing violence in the region between the Polisario independence movement on behalf of indigenous Sahrawi people.”

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