UAE opens consulate in Morocco-controlled Western Sahara

The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday became the first Arab country to open a diplomatic mission in the Moroccan-controlled area of the disputed Western Sahara.The inauguration of the consulate general in the northern coastal city of Laayoune brings to 16 the number of missions opened in the region since late last year.The UAE move “reinforces a dynamic of recognition of the ‘Moroccan identity'” of Western Sahara, with “increasing support from the international community,” Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita told AFP on Wednesday after the opening.Western Sahara, a vast swathe of desert o…

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