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Morocco to push for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, says king

Moroccan King Mohammed VI waves to a crowd as he arrives for the opening session of the Moroccan Parliament in Rabat, Morocco, on October 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
Moroccan King Mohammed VI waves to a crowd as he arrives for the opening session of the Moroccan Parliament in Rabat, Morocco, on October 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

Morocco will push for a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, King Mohammed VI says, almost a year after his country renewed ties with the Jewish state.

“Morocco will continue its efforts, building on its position and its excellent relations with all sides and relevant international actors, to provide the appropriate conditions for a return to the negotiating table,” the monarch says in a televised address.

Morocco renewed official relations with Israel in December last year, two decades after it cut ties with the outbreak of the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising.

The rapprochement came amid a string of normalization deals between Israel and Arab countries, brokered by the Trump administration.

In a speech, delivered on the UN-organized “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,” King Mohammed stresses Morocco’s “total solidarity with the Palestinian people” and its right to an independent state alongside Israel.

He calls for trust-building efforts and urged both sides “to refrain from actions that obstruct the peace process.”

The king, who heads the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Al-Quds committee charged with protecting Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, warned against any attempt to change the city’s “juridicial, historic and demographic” status.

His speech comes days after an unprecedented visit by Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who signed a wide-ranging security pact with the kingdom.

Left-wing and Islamist organizations in Morocco have called for protests today to voice their solidarity with the Palestinians.

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