Outgoing Trump fetes Morocco king, rallies behind claim

Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump, in a last-minute push to solidify Morocco’s normalization with Israel, bestowed a rare award Friday on its king as his administration rallied international support in a regional dispute. Trump, who sees Arab recognition of Israel as a key overseas achievement of his presidency, last month broke decades of precedent by recognizing Morocco’s full sovereignty over contested Western Sahara, with Morocco in turn saying it would normalize relations with the Jewish state. The White House said it presented King Mohammed VI with the Legion of Merit, degree …

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