| 29 May 2024, Wednesday |

Morocco to push for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks: King Mohammed VI

Morocco will press for the restart of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, King Mohammed VI said Monday, nearly a year after his kingdom re-established diplomatic ties with Israel.

“Morocco will continue its efforts, building on its position and excellent connections with all parties and key international players, to offer the necessary circumstances for a return to the bargaining table,” the king said in a televised address.

Morocco reestablished diplomatic relations with Israel in December of last year, two decades after the commencement of the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising.

The reunion comes as part of a series of normalization agreements mediated by the Trump administration between Israel and Arab countries.

King Mohammed emphasized Morocco’s “complete support with the Palestinian people” and their right to an independent state alongside Israel in a speech made on the UN-organized International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

He asked both parties to “refrain from acts that disrupt the peace process” He urged both sides to “refrain from actions that obstruct the peace process.”

The monarch, who chairs the OIC’s Al-Quds committee, which is in responsible of preserving Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, warned against any attempt to modify the city’s “juridical, historic, and demographic” character.

His remarks come only days after an unusual visit by Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who inked a broad security agreement with the monarchy.

Morocco’s leftwing and Islamist organizations have called for rallies on Monday to express their support with the Palestinians.

  • AFP