Senators ask Joe Biden to reverse Donald Trump's decision on the Sahara

Senators ask Joe Biden to reverse Donald Trump’s decision on the Sahara

Twenty-seven US Senators, led by Republican Jim Inhofe and Democrat Patrick Leahy, have addressed a letter to the President, Joe Biden.

In the letter they ask to reverse “the wrong decision” made by Donald Trump to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara.

The letter, posted on social media by both parliamentarians, also urges Biden to renew the commitment of U.S with the search for a referendum on self-determination for the Sahrawi people of Western Sahara.

As it appears in the document, the letter has been signed, so far, by 27 senators -13 Republicans and 14 Democrats- of the hundred that make up the House.

“The abrupt decision of the previous administration on December 11, 2020 to officially acknowledge the Kingdom of Morocco’s illegitimate sovereignty claims over Western Sahara was shortsighted, undermined decades of coherent US policy and alienated a significant number of African nations,” they point out in the letter.

“We respectfully urge (the president) to reverse this wrong decision and re-engage U.S with the search for a referendum on self-determination for the Saharawi people of Western Sahara”.

The text adds that the US “owes the Sahrawi people to honor our commitment, to help ensure that the Moroccans live up to theirs, and to carry out this referendum. The Sahrawi people deserve the right to freely choose their own destiny. We look forward to having you as a partner in this effort. ”

It also makes an account of the history of this territory, a former Spanish colony, and the United Nations resolutions calling for the convening of a self-determination referendum that has never been held.

On December 10, Trump, in one of the last decisions of his mandate, he signed “a proclamation” in which the United States recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara and considered that the Moroccan proposal for autonomy over the territory was “the only realistic one”.

The same day, Trump announced, even before Morocco, that the Maghreb country was re-establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, in line with other Arab countries, and linked both issues as part of the “Abraham Accords”.

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