Cape Argus

Military drills in disputed territory


RABAT: Morocco’s prime minister has said that US-led multi-nation African military exercises this month would take place in the disputed desert region of Western Sahara.

Last year, under former US president Donald Trump, Washington recognised Moroccan sovereignt­y over Western Sahara – after Rabat normalised relations with Israel – sparking anger from the separatist Polisario Front.

Morocco has offered Western Sahara autonomy, but maintains the territory is part of the kingdom.

Former colonist Spain has angered Rabat after Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali was treated in a Spanish hospital for Covid-19.

Yesterday, Spain’s High Court turned down a request for Ghali to be taken into custody over a war crimes lawsuit.

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