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Newly appointed Moroccan Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani delivers a speech at the Parliament in Rabbat on April 19, 2017 during as he presents the government's program during a joint public meeting. / AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Morocco firm on no normalisation with Israel

Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Dine El Otmani on Sunday rejected any normalization of relations with Israel.

โ€œWe refuse any normalisation with the Zionist entity because this emboldens it to go further in breaching the rights of the Palestinian people,โ€ El Otmani told his Islamist PJD party.

The remarks came ahead of a visit to the region by Jared Kushner, a senior adviser and son-in-law to U.S. President Donald Trump, and after the UAE and Israel struck a deal to normalise ties.

Moroccoโ€™s official position has been in support of the two-state solution, with East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state.

Morocco and Israel began low-level ties in 1993 after an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal was reached. But Rabat suspended relations with the Jewish state after the outbreak of a Palestinian uprising in 2000.

Source: Reuters

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