United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke by phone Tuesday to Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita in a conversation about the escalation of tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, but in which Washington made it clear that Rabat is a “key” in “promoting stability in the region”.
Blinken “underscored the importance of a strong bilateral alliance between the United States and Morocco,” according to a US State Department statement that does not address other issues outside of the conflict in the Middle East.
The two ministers have spoken of their “shared concern” over the escalation of violence in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, “which has claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including children,” the brief official statement from said the Joe Biden Administration.
The United States recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara through the mouth of its former President Donald Trump in December, a symbolic move that the current administration has shown no sign of reversal. Trump also brokered an unprecedented political deal between Israel and Morocco.