Panafrican News Agency

Mohammed VI reaffirms Morocco's position on the Palestinian question

Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - King Mohammed VI on Tuesday reaffirmed "the consistent, constant and unchanged position of the Kingdom of Morocco on the Palestinian question, based on the solution of two states living side by side in peace and security."

The monarch made the remark during an audience granted to a high-level U.S.-Israeli delegation visiting Morocco, according to a statement from the Royal Palace in Rabat.

In this regard, he said that negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides are the "only way to achieve a comprehensive and final settlement."

He underlined his commitment, as chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, to safeguard the Muslim character of the Holy City.

The Cherifian Sovereign also reiterated his "full satisfaction" with the historic results of the meeting he had on December 10, 2020, with U.S. President Donald Trump.

"The presidential statement recognising the Moroccanness of the Sahara, as well as the measures announced for the resumption of cooperation mechanisms with Israel, are major developments for the strengthening of peace and regional stability," the statement added.

"These measures include allowing Israeli Airlines to transport members of the Moroccan Jewish community and Israeli tourists to Morocco, the full resumption of contacts and diplomatic and official relations with Israel at the appropriate level, the promotion of a dynamic and innovative bilateral economic cooperation and action to reopen liaison offices in Rabat and Tel Aviv," the statement said.

The audience took place in the presence of Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, members of the U.S.-Israeli delegation including Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States, Meir Ben-Shabbat, National Security Advisor to the State of Israel and Avrahm Joel Berkowitz, Special Assistant to the U.S. President and Special Representative for International Negotiations.

King Mohammed VI congratulated Mr Kushner for "the substantial work accomplished since his visit to Morocco in May 2018, and which has made it possible to achieve this historic turning point in favour of Morocco's territorial integrity and the promising development for peace in the Middle East".

Speaking to Mr Ben Shabbat, Mohammed VI stressed "the special ties with the Moroccan Jewish community and, in particular, its members in positions of responsibility in Israel". 
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