Palestinian president leaves Morocco after talks with King Mohammed
Morocco-Palestine, Politics, 8/7/2001
Palestinian president, Yasser Arafat, left Morocco on Monday where he reviewed with King Mohammed VI formulas to support peace initiatives and create conditions appropriate for a fair and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.
After Arafat surveyed the situation on the ground, in light of mounting tension due to Israel's escalation and violent repression and ongoing diplomatic moves to break the deadlock created by Israel's policy, the sovereign renewed Morocco's constant and active solidarity with the Palestinian people to recover its legitimate rights and establish a sovereign state with Al Quds Asharif as its capital.
The king expressed deep concerns and condemned the confrontation and repression favored by the Israeli government. He also confirmed Morocco's readiness to make all efforts to end the tragic and killing spiral in the Middle East and consolidate the peace process chances.
He also praised president Arafat's initiatives and explored with him various possibilities likely to support these initiatives and create favorable conditions for a lasting and fair peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
The Palestinian leader, who met royal advisor, Andre Azoulay and minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Mohamed Benaissa, expressed gratefulness to Morocco for its support and solidarity with the Palestinian people in the daily ordeal it is undergoing and stressed the importance that the Moroccan government and people grant to the Palestinian cause, considered in the kingdom as a priority.
The Palestinian president had offered the sovereign an original copy of "Al Ohda Al Omarya" (literally Omar's pledge), a security commitment between the Caliph Omar and the Christian leader Severnius, who was the governor of Al Quds in the year 15 of the Hegira. Four of the Prophet Mohammed's companions were witnesses to the commitment.
Arafat was accompanied by Saeb Erikat, minister at the Palestinian local government, Hani Al-Hassan, member of the PLO central committee and presidential advisor, Nabil Abou Roudeina.
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