U.S. opens virtual diplomatic post in Western Sahara

U.S. opens virtual diplomatic post in Western Sahara

Earlier in December, Trump recognised Morocco’s sovereignty over the territory

The US will open a “virtual” diplomatic post in Western Sahara after recognising Morocco’s sovereignty over the disputed territory, the State Department said.

“I am pleased to announce the start of the process of opening a US consulate in Western Sahara,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote on Twitter.

“Right now, we are opening a virtual presence post in Western Sahara,” he added, specifying that a full-fledged consulate will subsequently emerge in the region.

In early December, US President Donald Trump unexpectedly voiced support for Morocco’s control of the desert territory, which is being contested by Algeria’s pro-independence Front of Polisario rebels.