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The Polisario Front said that it was willing to join talks on the Western Sahara's future, but would not lay down its arms.

The United States started the "process of establishing" a consulate in contested Western Sahara, after Washington recognised Morocco's sovereignty there in exchange for Rabat normalising ties with

The New Arab's Most Important Stories from 2020

The New Arab Staff

The New Arab's Most Important Stories from 2020

A retrospective of our coverage of 2020's leading stories

Morocco's normalisation trade-off: <em>Western</em> <em>Sahara</em> for Palestine

Khadija Mohsen-Finan

Morocco's normalisation trade-off: Western Sahara for Palestine

Comment: In exchange for recognition of Israel, the US has provided Morocco the opportunity to realize two of its longstanding ambitions. But ...

How Morocco-Israel normalisation could push Algeria closer to Russia

Giorgio Cafiero

How Morocco-Israel normalisation could push Algeria closer to Russia

Analysis: Threatened by Arab-Israeli normalisation deals and US recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, ...

The New Arab Staff

Moroccan Islamist movements condemn normalisation of ties with Israel

Moroccan Islamist groups, including the ruling PJD party’s educational and charitable arm, have condemned a recent deal under which Morocco will normalise ties with Israel

The New Arab Staff

Palestinian president meets Qatari emir in Doha

Palestine's Mahmoud Abbas met with the Qatari emir in the capital Doha on Saturday, amid increasing Arab normalisation deals with Israel.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Morocco savours Western Sahara breakthrough in Israel deal

Morocco revelled in US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Rabat's claim over the disputed Western Sahara region.

The New Arab Staff

Moroccan political parties walk a tightrope on Sahara, normalisation

President Donald Trump's bombshell announcement that Tel Aviv and Rabat will normalise ties has divided Morocco.

Polisario Front condemns US declaration on W. <em>Sahara</em>

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Polisario Front condemns US declaration on W. Sahara

US President Donald Trump, whose mandate ends in January, said on Thursday he had agreed to recognise Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed ...

The New Arab Staff

Morocco confirms 'resumption' of diplomatic relations with Israel

King Mohammed VI said the move in no way affected Morocco's "ongoing and sustained commitment to the just Palestinian cause".

Trump announces Israel-Morocco to normalise relations

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Trump announces Israel-Morocco to normalise relations

Donald Trump has announced Morocco's intention to normalise relations with Israel.

Polisario says pounds Morocco defensive wall in <em>Western</em> <em>Sahara</em>

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Polisario says pounds Morocco defensive wall in Western Sahara

The pro-independence Polisario Front said it launched attacks against a Moroccan defensive wall in the disputed Western Sahara.

Morocco carries out work in disputed <em>Western</em> <em>Sahara</em>

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Morocco carries out work in disputed Western Sahara

Morocco has carried out work in an area of the disputed Western Sahara amid a crisis between the kingdon and the Polisario ...

Fresh exchanges of fire in <em>Western</em> <em>Sahara</em>: UN

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Fresh exchanges of fire in Western Sahara: UN

Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front have exchanged fresh gunfire in the Western Sahara.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Western Sahara conflict to end when 'occupation' over: Polisario

The pro-independence Polisario Front said that conflict in the Western Sahara would end once Morocco stops its "occupation" of the disputed territory.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Traffic resumes at truck stop that sparked WSahara tensions

Truck traffic resumed between Mauritania and Morocco a day after Rabat launched a military operation to reopen a key highway in the ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UN chief voices 'concern' at Western Sahara ceasefire violations

UN chief Antonio Guterres expressed "grave concern" over a broken ceasefire in the disputed Western Sahara.

Abdelkader Cheref

Normalisation with Israel: The view from the Arab Maghreb

In-depth: Despite UAE-Bahrain's normalisation agreement with Israel, and their unofficial relations with Tel Aviv, North African countries are ...

UN reaches deal to name new Libya envoy: diplomats

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UN reaches deal to name new Libya envoy: diplomats

The UN Security Council will vote on a draft resolution next week, but there has been disagreement between member states over who will be named ...

The New Arab & agencies

US holds up UN envoy on Libya, frustrating Europeans

European diplomats say those responsible for the hold up in selecting a UN envoy for Libya 'carry a very heavy responsibility'.

Coronavirus cases near Sahrawi refugee camps prompt outbreak fears

The New Arab

Coronavirus cases near Sahrawi refugee camps prompt outbreak fears

Nine Covid-19 cases have been detected in Algeria’s Tindouf province, where tens of thousands of Sahrawi refugees live in camps.

UN looks for new Libya envoy after US resistance

The New Arab & agencies

UN looks for new Libya envoy after US resistance

Some diplomats believe Egypt and the UAE, who back strongman Khalifa Haftar, pressured Washington to oppose the endorsement of the previous ...

How will UK elections impact the Middle East?

Charlie Hoyle

How will UK elections impact the Middle East?

Brexit has dominated Britain's political landscape since 2016. But with general elections coming up, what can voters expect from the three main ...

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