Netanyahu Speaks With Morocco's King Mohammed, Invites Him to Israel

A joint Israeli-U.S. delegation visited Rabat earlier this week, where they met with the king and signed a number of agreements, despite Morocco not viewing renewal of ties as part of Abraham Accords

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Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita looks on during a visit by Israeli envoys to Rabat, Morocco, December 22, 2020.
Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita looks on during a visit by Israeli envoys to Rabat, Morocco, December 22, 2020.Credit: U.S. Embassy in Morocco/ REUTE

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Friday with Morocco's King Mohammed VI and invited him to visit Israel, Netanyahu's office said.

The two leaders spoke about moving forward with a U.S.-brokered agreement announced earlier this month to renew bilateral ties, according to the Israeli statement.

Netanyahu also thanked King Mohammed for hosting an official Israeli delegation this week.

King Mohammed underscored the close ties between the Moroccan Jewish community and the monarchy, the Royal Court said in a statement.

While welcoming the resumption of relations with Israel, the king said Morocco's position regarding Palestine remains unchanged; Rabat advocates the two-state solution and the unique character of Jerusalem as a city of three religions.

Earlier this week, a joint Israeli-U.S. delegation, headed by Trump administration senior adviser Jared Kushner and Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, visited Morocco to meet with King Mohammed and sign a number of agreements between Morocco and Israel.

Haaretz reported that Morocco signaled to Israel that it does not intend to hold a public signing ceremony for their agreement to normalize relations, as the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain did with Israel a few months ago.

Rabat does not view its agreement to normalize ties with Israel, brokered by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this month, as part of the Abraham Accords. Explaining its refusal to sign a normalization agreement with Israel, Morocco said it already had overt diplomatic relations with Israel in the past.

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