In interview with Moroccan TV, Michaeli hails king’s involvement in border talks

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Minister of Transport and Road Safety Merav Michaeli MK is interviewed on Morocco’s Medi1TV channel and speaks about the role played by Morocco and King Mohammed VI in reaching an agreement on opening the Allenby border crossing between Israel and Jordan on a 24/7 basis.

“His Majesty King Mohammed VI played an important role in the opening [of the Allenby crossing]. His willingness to become personally involved contributed to all parties. He made it possible,” says Michaeli. “I know the extent of his deep commitment to the region and peace here, and I am sure it will continue to be a very helpful factor in the future.”

“We have been working on opening [the Allenby crossing] for a long time, because it is so important to improve links between the Palestinian Authority to Jordan. This is something that should be remembered,” she says.

“I strongly believe in what peace and cooperation can achieve in the region. For a long time, we focused on common threats. It’s now time to get to know each other and take advantage of the opportunities we share, and act on them to make our region better,” she says. “There is hope and opportunity for a better future.”

Israel and Morocco normalized relations in 2020 as part of the Abraham Accords. Her comments come as IDF chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi arrives in the north African country for a first official visit by an Israeli military chief.

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