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Moroccan King Mohammed VI reiterates firm support for Palestinian cause against occupation

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Morocco's King Mohammed VI delivers a speech marking the 20th anniversary of his accession to the throne in Tetouan, Morocco, on July 29, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI says the North African country will keep up firm support for the Palestinian cause until the Palestinian people regain all their rights and establish an independent state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

“We stand by the Palestinian people and continue to support their legitimate rights in order to establish an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital,” he said in a message addressed to Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Cheikh Niang.

He made the comments on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which is marked on November 29 every year.

The monarch emphasized that Palestine is the central issue in the Middle East and will remain on top of Morocco’s priorities.

“Regardless of the profound changes and developments that have taken place in the Middle East in recent years, I am convinced that the Palestinian question is the key to a permanent and comprehensive solution in the Middle East region,” the king said.

He said a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be based on enabling all peoples of the region to live in peace and security in accordance with the principles of the so-called two-state solution.

“It is necessary to break the current impasse as far as the peace process is concerned,” King Mohammed VI said, calling for the revival of talks between Palestinians and the Israeli regime to resolve all contentious issues.

The Moroccan king then denounced the Tel Aviv regime’s settlement expansion activities, stressing the need “to refrain from any change that might affect the legal status of the occupied Palestinian territories, and to create right conditions for the resumption of meaningful and responsible negotiations.”

Moroccans protest normalization trend

Meanwhile, dozens of Moroccan activists converged on the parliament in the capital Rabat on Monday to condemn Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians and the regime’s sacrilege of Palestinian sanctities.

The protesters set the Israeli flag on fire, and chanted slogans in condemnation of attempts by several Arab states to establish full diplomatic relations with the Tel Aviv regime, the London-based and Arabic-language newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi reported.

The demonstrators stressed that normalization with Israel is a betrayal and a dagger in the back of the Palestinian cause.

The protest rally was held at the invitation of 54 civil society organizations, with political and cultural figures from different currents in attendance.

Following the September 15 signing of US-brokered agreements on normalization between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and also Bahrain, President Donald Trump announced on October 23 at the White House that Sudan and Israel had also agreed to normalize relations. 

Trump sealed the agreement in a phone call with Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Chairman of the Sovereignty Council Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan, senior US officials said.

The normalization deals have drawn widespread condemnation from Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital. They say the deals ignore their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.

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