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US Establishes New 'Virtual Presence Post' in Western Sahara, Pompeo Says

© REUTERS / JONATHAN ERNSTU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits the White House on an apparent family tour in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2020.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits the White House on an apparent family tour in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2020.  - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States began establishing its virtual diplomatic post in Western Sahara as a first step of creating a consulate in the region, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Thursday.

Trump announced in early December that he had brokered a peace deal between Israel and Morocco, which entails the establishment of full diplomatic relations and air travel between the two nations, as well as the United States’ recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara.

The virtual post will be managed by the US Embassy in Morocco, he added. The US will continue to support political negotiations in the region, Pompeo said.

On Tuesday, Moroccan King Mohammed VI received an official US-Israeli delegation headed by Trump's senior adviser Jared Kushner. The visit resulted in the establishment of full-scale diplomatic relations and direct flights between the countries.

Morocco became the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel this year after the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan. According to Trump, a number of other Arab countries are also ready to normalize relations with Israel.

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