Netherlands' Foreign Minister Stef Blok (L) meets with Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Eddine El-Othmani April 20, 2018 in Rabat. (AFP / FADEL SENNA)
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Moroccan and EU officials started closed-door negotiations Friday on a new fisheries agreement, a diplomatic source said, following legal disputes over whether a deal could include the waters of the disputed Western Sahara region.The talks in Rabat take place following a February ruling by the European Union's highest court stating that a four-year EU-Morocco fisheries deal, which terminates July 14, was valid as long as it was not applied to Western Sahara waters.Morocco annexed Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, in 1975, and since then the territory has been the subject of a dispute between Morocco and the Polisario Front, an independence movement backed by neighbouring Algeria.
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