Morocco defends the two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict during Lapid’s visit


The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Naser Bourita, has conveyed this Wednesday to his Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, during his official visit to Rabat, the need to continue with the negotiations to end the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians over the basis of the two-state solution.

“Negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis are the only way to reach a final, sustainable and comprehensive solution based on the solution of two states, living side by side in peace and security,” Bourita said. informs the Moroccan state agency MAP.

Morocco maintains that it is necessary for both Israelis and Palestinians to regain confidence in the other side and remain calm so that the escalation of violence of last May is not repeated.

It is “imperative to preserve the unique character of the Holy City (Jerusalem) as a universal heritage of humanity, endowed with a deep symbolism and a spirit for the disciples of the three monotheistic religions,” says Bourita.

In his turn to speak, Lapid has said that “the only wars that have any meaning are those against poverty, ignorance, pandemics and disease”, to later quote the Koran, “if they incline towards peace, you too you should lean towards her, “reports the ‘Times of Israel’ newspaper.

On the occasion of Lapid’s visit, the first by a senior Israeli official to Morocco since they agreed in 2020 to restart their diplomatic relations, three agreements have been signed, one “to establish mechanisms for political consultations” in regional and international cooperation and development. , as well as other agreements on culture, sports, youth and transportation, strengthening air safety in the recently launched flights between the two territories.

“The agreements that we sign will bring innovation and opportunities to our countries that our children and their children, after them, will enjoy many years after we are not here,” said Lapid, who wanted to thank the Moroccan King, Mohamed VI, for being a participant in the “restoration” of “this ancient peace and friendship” between Israel and Morocco.

For his part, Bourita explained that Morocco’s relationship with Israel “is characterized by a particular context”, related to “the consecration” in the Constitution “of the Hebrew component as one of the tributaries that enrich the Moroccan plural identity.”

The official agenda for Lapid’s two-day visit includes the opening of an Israeli liaison office in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, and a meeting with his Moroccan counterpart, Naser Burita, as well as a meeting on Thursday in Casablanca with members of the Jewish community and a prayer in the Bez-El synagogue.

The agreement between Morocco and Israel to normalize relations came after the Israeli government signed similar pacts with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Sudan. Lapid himself recently traveled to the UAE to open the Israeli Embassy and Consulate in this country.

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