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Jordan plans consulate in Western Sahara amid flareup

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Nov 20, 2020 Jordan plans to open a consulate in Western Sahara amid contemporary hostilities between Rabat and a pro-independence group within the contested desert area, Morocco’s Foreign Ministry introduced Thursday.  The consulate shall be situated in Western Sahara’s largest metropolis of Laayoune and can make Jordan simply the second Arab state with a diplomatic mission within the Morocco-administered space. Earlier this month, the United Arab Emirates opened a consulate within the area, becoming a member of 16 African nations with illustration in Western Sahara.  Jordan’s resolution to open a consulate adopted a telephone dialog Thursday between Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. According to the Moroccan readout of the decision, the Jordanian monarch “welcomed the decisions taken by His Majesty the King to secure the movement of people and goods in the region of El Guerguerat in the Moroccan Sahara.”  Morocco final week deployed its navy to a UN-patrolled buffer zone to be able to to clear a freeway blockade near Western Sahara’s southern border with neighboring Mauritania. Morocco blamed the street closure on supporters of the Polisario Front, a bunch that fought Morocco for management of the territory between 1975-1991.  Brahim Ghali, the chief of the Algeria-backed Polisario, introduced Saturday that his group’s 29-year cease-fire with the nation was over because of Morocco’s current border operations. A decree issued by Ghali introduced an finish to the truce and a “resumption of armed struggle in defense of the legitimate rights of our people.” A spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated the UN chief was gravely involved by the current hostilities and “remains committed” to making sure the 1991 cease-fire doesn’t collapse. 

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