The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, has been invited to Israel by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The invitation was extended during a phone conversation between the pair on Christmas Day.
The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said their phone conversation consisted of discussions regarding the US-brokered agreement that was finalised earlier in December to normalise bilateral ties between Israel and Morocco. The King was also thanked for hosting an Israeli delegation this week in the African kingdom.
Morocco’s Royal Court said that there were close ties between the monarchy and the Moroccan Jewish community; however, King Mohammed said that his position on a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine has not changed.
The Royal Court also said: “His Majesty the King welcomed the reactivation of cooperation mechanisms between the Kingdom of Morocco and the State of Israel, and the resumption of regular contacts, within the framework of peaceful and friendly diplomatic relations.”
The trilateral delegation signed between Morocco, Israel and the United States was signed in front of the King on 22 December; the countries reached the agreement earlier in the month after the US promised to recognise Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara territory. Other Arab monarchs that have had their countries begin normalising relations included the King of Bahrain and the Sheikhs in the UAE.