King of Morocco renews support to Palestinian cause, announces meeting of Al-Quds Committee shortly in message to President Abbas

King Mohammed VI reiterated Morocco’s constant support to the Palestinian question, based on the two-state solution, as internationally agreed upon and its resolve to continue its constructive commitment to the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, and announced the holding shortly of a session of the Al-Quds Committee.

This came in a message that King Mohammed VI addressed Wednesday to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, following the visit to Morocco of a high-level American-Israeli delegation that sealed the resumption of ties between Rabat and tel Aviv.

In his message, the Monarch also reiterated morocco’s attachment to negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli parties as the only way to achieve a final, lasting and comprehensive settlement to this conflict.

The King reaffirmed that in his capacity as Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, he will spare no effort to preserve the historical and ancestral identity of the Holy City as a land of cohabitation between the monotheistic religions.
The Sovereign also affirmed that he will continue to defend the special status of the city of Al-Quds Asharif, the respect of the freedom of worship for the followers of the three monotheistic religions, as well as the respect of the Muslim character of the Holy City and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The King affirmed further that Morocco has always placed the Palestinian question at the same level as the issue of the Moroccan Sahara issue and that the Kingdom’s action to uphold the Moroccanness of its Sahara will never be done, neither today nor in the future, to the detriment of the struggle of the Palestinian people for their legitimate rights.

The Sovereign noted in this context that Morocco will continue its constructive commitment to the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East region.

In this connection, King Mohammed VI informed President Abbas that he will soon convene the 21st Session of the Al-Quds Committee in Morocco to consider ways and means of consolidating the preservation of the special status of the city of Jerusalem, and contributing to safeguarding the inviolability of its historical and civilizational sites, its spiritual symbolism and its religious identity.

The Monarch also announced moves to update the structures of Bayt Mal Al-Quds Al-Sharif Agency to give it a new impetus and enable it to pursue, under his personal supervision, the implementation of concrete plans and programs in the fields of health, education and housing, as well as everything related to the social component to the benefit of the Palestinian inhabitants of Al-Quds.

In his message, King Mohammed VI expressed satisfaction with the content of the important phone talk he had had with President Abbas on December 10, which was marked by a fruitful dialogue and reciprocal interaction on the constant position of the Kingdom of Morocco on the Palestinian issue, and its permanent and continuous commitment to the defense of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

During the phone call held on December 10 between King Mohammed VI and President Donald Trump, on the current situation in the Middle East region, the King had reiterated the coherent, constant and unwavering position of the Kingdom of Morocco on the Palestinian question, as well as the position expressed on the importance of preserving the special status of the sacred city of Jerusalem for the three monotheistic religions in the King’s capacity as Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee.

The same stand was reiterated in the Joint Declaration signed Tuesday Dec.22 in Rabat by Morocco, The United States, and Israel during the visit of the US-Israeli delegation that was led by While House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and Israel’s National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat.

In the Joint Declaration, the three countries also recognize the historic role that Morocco has always played in bringing the people of the region closer together and in promoting peace and stability in the Middle East.


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