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Morocco Reaffirms its Strong Commitment to Palestinian Cause, Marked by Unwavering Support & Full Solidarity (HM the king)

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Morocco reaffirms its strong commitment to the Palestinian cause, marked by unwavering support and full solidarity, stressed HM King Mohammed VI, affirming that the kingdom has made to maintain its support until the Palestinian people regain their inalienable rights, which derive their legitimacy from international law, from facts on the ground and from historical evidence.
Morocco Reaffirms its Strong Commitment to Palestinian Cause, Marked by Unwavering Support & Full Solidarity (HM the king)
26 June 2018

In a message addressed to the participants in the Fifth International Conference on Al-Quds, which opened Tuesday in Rabat, the Sovereign recalled that Morocco had immediately rejected the decision by the United States of America to recognize Al-Quds as the capital of Israel and to move its embassy there, and considered it to be "incompatible with international law and with the relevant Security Council resolutions."

Anticipating the announcement of this decision, HM the king, as Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, had taken the initiative to send two letters, respectively, to the President of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump, and to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. António Guterres. In the letters, the Sovereign had emphasized that any modification of the legal, political or historical status of Al-Quds would have serious repercussions on peace in the region and would undermine international efforts to create an environment conducive to the resumption of peace negotiations with a view to finding a just, comprehensive solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, HM the king recalled in the message.

“I also informed my brother President Mahmoud Abbas that we reject the American decision and assured him of Morocco's full solidarity and its strong commitment to exert all possible efforts to rally international support to uphold the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to an independent State, with East Al-Quds as its capital,” the Sovereign added.

HM the King also mentioned in his message the tragic events that took place following the March of Return at the Gaza border and which were of a peaceful, symbolic nature, noting that “the Israeli occupation forces reacted to them by firing live bullets directly at the demonstrators, killing dozens and wounding hundreds of unarmed Palestinian civilians.”

“The Kingdom of Morocco immediately condemned and rejected this dangerous Israeli behavior which is incompatible with international law. Morocco also expressed deep sorrow at the tragic events which exacerbate human suffering among our Palestinian brothers,” said HM the king, who recalled that in order to help alleviate this suffering and demonstrate “our concrete solidarity with our Palestinian brothers on the ground, during the holy month of Ramadan I launched a humanitarian initiative, which I supervised personally.”

“It concerned the Gaza Strip and was later extended to Al-Quds Al-Sharif and Ramallah,” the Sovereign added, recalling also the setting up of a field hospital in the Gaza Strip, managed by the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces, and which covers a range of medical specialties, including pediatrics, orthopedics, gastroenterology, ophthalmology and ear, nose and throat conditions.

On this occasion, HM the king called for greater rallying of diplomatic efforts to secure binding international resolutions that protect the City and safeguard its spiritual, cultural and legal character.

The Sovereign also stressed the importance of “action on the ground to promote development in social and humanitarian fields to help Palestinians resist policies of displacement, eviction and expulsion applied against them.”

“This is the approach I have adopted as Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee through close, regular contacts with the leaders of the influential powers, with the Secretary-General of the United Nations and with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and also through the continuous action on the ground, carried out, under my guidance and supervision, by Bayt Mal Al-Quds Al-Sharif. This institution has managed to implement many important economic and social projects in the holy city, in such areas as housing, education, health and social affairs as well as care for women, children, young people and groups in precarious situations,” HM the king said.

Last modified : 26 June 2018

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