Morocco’s Foreign Minister Visits Palestine

Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita is expected this Tuesday in Ramallah, where he will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before traveling to Amman, for a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Wednesday.

Bourita told Asharq Al-Awsat that his visit to Palestine comes upon instructions by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, who is also chairman of al-Quds Committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic cooperation.

Bourita said his upcoming visit to Ramallah comes following a phone call between the Moroccan Monarch and President Mahmoud Abbas on December 5.

The phone call was conducted prior to the US recognition of Jerusalem as a capital of Israel.

“Morocco, its King, government and people, consider the Palestinian cause a national issue,” Bourita told the paper.

The Moroccan official reiterated that his country is defending the rights of the Palestinian people according to the Arab peace initiative, international legitimacy, and the two-state solution.

The agenda of Bourita’s visit to Palestine includes traveling to Jerusalem to visit the Aqsa Mosque before returning to Ramallah to carry out political consultations with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki.

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