The Kingdom of Morocco reiterated, Sunday, its unwavering support for the Palestinian people, especially their right to independence, freedom and emancipation, calling for intensifying efforts to create conditions conducive to relaunching the peace process and overcoming the stalemate situation that weighs on security and peace in the region.
Speaking at the emergency virtual meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Resident Abroad, in charge of Moroccans residing abroad, Nezha El Ouafi stressed that His Majesty King Mohammed VI, in His capacity as Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, will continue to defend the special status of the holy city, to protect its Islamic character, to preserve the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to defend the historical identity of this holy city as a land of coexistence between the heavenly religions
The Moroccan approach, explained Mrs. El Ouafi, aims to combine political and diplomatic action, at the bilateral level and in international forums, and the field work carried out by the Beit Mal Al-Quds Al-Sharif Agency, the operational arm of the Al-Quds Committee, under the personal supervision of His Majesty the King, in order to constantly respond to the needs of its inhabitants and support them.
The Sovereign, Mrs. El Ouafi noted, has given His Highest instructions to send emergency humanitarian aid for the benefit of the Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of the Kingdom’s continued support to the just Palestinian cause and its solidarity with the brotherly Palestinian people.
On the other hand, the minister stressed that the rapid escalation of events requires, more than ever, urgent international measures to defuse the tension that ultimately serves only the forces of extremism, the supporters of hatred and the promoters of hostility, noting that the Kingdom of Morocco stresses the importance of continuing international efforts to find a just and equitable settlement to the Palestinian cause, on the basis of the two-state solution, as internationally agreed, so as to allow the establishment of the State of Palestine within the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The decision to forcibly evacuate dozens of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, the increase in Israeli attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the arrest and injury of hundreds of worshippers in its esplanades as well as the ensuing tension in the Gaza Strip are totally unacceptable practices, insisted Mrs. El Ouafi, while reiterating the firm condemnation by Morocco of the violence perpetrated in the occupied Palestinian territories, whose continuation only fuels hatred and reduces the chances of peace in the region.
The Palestinian cause and the issue of Al-Quds Al-Sharif will remain at the heart of the conflict in the Middle East region and at the center of the concerns of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which was established to support the Palestinians and defend their legitimate rights, said Mrs. El Ouafi, noting that no comprehensive and lasting peace can be envisaged without the resolution of the Palestinian issue, which enjoys the special attention of HM King Mohammed VI, who has not ceased to intensify efforts to support the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
The Kingdom of Morocco, the minister said, remains convinced that the unity of the Islamic and Arab ranks, the adherence to peace as a strategic choice and the adoption of dialogue and negotiation in regional and international forums, is likely to resolve this conflict, thus allowing the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in accordance with international legitimacy.
Mrs. El Ouafi also reiterated Morocco’s call to the international community to assume its responsibilities, put an end to the violations in the occupied Palestinian territories and to the deterioration of the situation in the region and relaunch the political process, in accordance with the foundations of international legitimacy, the resolutions of the Security Council and the Arab Peace Initiative.