After meeting Moroccan king, Israeli FM says sides close to renew diplomatic activities
Israel and Morocco will soon renew their diplomatic activities in Rabat and Tel Aviv, sources accompanying Israel's Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom in Morocco said Tuesday following Shalom's meeting with King Mohammed VI in Rabat.
The Moroccan monarch has already instructed his Foreign Minister Mohamed Benaissa to renew the issuing of travel visas to Israelis wishing to visit the country, the sources said, according to Israeli press reports.
After the 90-minuted meeting, Shalom said that the king "viewed in a positive manner" Israel's request for renewed diplomatic ties between the two sides.
"The meeting was very good in my opinion and dealt with a long list of issues," Shalom told Israel Radio.
Shalom called on other Arab leaders to follow the example of King Mohammed VI "and to create open relations with Israel."
When asked if this meant that full diplomatic ties would be established and Israelis would be allowed to visit Morocco, Shalom said, "Of course these matters were raised in the conversation. The king and the government view these issues in a positive manner."
On Monday, the Israeli minister said his country is trying to establish "closer relations" with Morocco and make the kingdom an active part in the peace process. "I'm sure that Morocco can help both parties (…) to seize this new opportunity and to move forward in the peace process," he added. (Albawaba.com)
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