January 23, 2021 – 2:00 pm – World
New US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen has announced plans to review agreements between Israel and four Arab countries, including Morocco, to normalize diplomatic relations.
At a session of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Blinken called US support for Israel a “sacred issue” for new US President Joe Biden. The Minister expressed his support for the agreements reached between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco. He called the deals a “good thing” for the future of the Mena region.
“I think some of the things the Trump administration has done beyond our borders will be welcomed,” the new secretary of state agreed. Blinken is unclear about recognizing the Sahara as a Moroccan territory. “There are certainly some commitments that these countries have made in their efforts to normalize relations with Israel, and I hope we will consider that carefully,” he told the Senate panel.
Prior to the inauguration of US President Joe Biden, the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported that Biden would be in favor of both normalizing relations with Israel and recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara.