US Congress refuses to recognize Morocco's alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara

Washington, 19 March 2022 (SPS) - The President of the U.S. Congress, Senator Patrick Leahy, has affirmed, in a frank response to the claims of the Moroccan occupation, the refusal of Congress to recognize Morocco's alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara, by introducing the aid granted to Western Sahara separately from that granted to Morocco.

Unlike in recent years, the US Congress has not placed Western Sahara under the Morocco clause in the 2022 Finance Act, signed by President Joe Biden, Tuesday, which explains the Congress' explicit refusal of all attempts to violate international law in Western Sahara.

The text of the Act underscores the commitment of the U.S. Congress, as well as the United Nations, to the non-recognition of Morocco's alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara, according to a statement issued by Senator Patrick Leahy, adding that aid to Western Sahara was introduced in another article under the U.S. Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).

The statement also stated "continued support for the political process led by the United Nations to achieve a just, permanent and acceptable political solution for both parties, namely Morocco and the Polisario Front, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council".

According to Senator Leahy, the political situation in Western Sahara is a matter to be resolved between the two parties and not by Congress.

Members of the US Congress had sent a letter to the US president last Friday in which they expressed their concern about the policy of the United States vis-à-vis Western Sahara and the arms contracts concluded between the Biden administration and Morocco last December.

"We express our concern that these weapons could be used against the Sahrawi people," they said.