Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh thanked King Mohammed VI as well as the Moroccan government, political parties and people for their support to Palestinian legitimate rights during his first visit to Morocco.
Haniyeh made the remarks following talks with Secretary General of the PJD party Saad Dine El Otmani.
The head of the political bureau of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement underscored the particular place that Palestine has in the hearts of the Moroccan people as evidenced by the popular marches staged in solidarity with Palestinian rights.
“Morocco is geographically distant, but it is at the heart of the great Arab and Islamic world, and is in direct contact with Al-Quds in history, the present and the future,” he said.
For his part, El Otmani reiterated Morocco’s steady commitment to the Palestinian cause and to a viable Palestinian state with Al Quds east as its capital.
Morocco’s constant support for the cause of the Palestinian people is illustrated, among others, by the tangible work of Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency, which acts within the framework of the Al-Quds Committee, chaired by King Mohammed VI, to support the inhabitants of Al-Quds and preserve the identity of the holy city.
Morocco had denounced Israeli violence against Palestinians and all acts aiming at distorting the status of Al Quds as the city of the three monotheistic religions.
Haniyeh is in Morocco at the invitation of the PJD but he is expected to meet other party leaders including opposition PAM.
Morocco resumed diplomatic ties with Israel last December following a deal brokered by the Trump Administration that included Washington’s recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara.