His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may Allah assist Him, has addressed a message to Israel’s Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, in which the Sovereign affirmed that Israel’s “important” decision to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over its Sahara is “both a just and far-sighted approach.”
In this message, His Majesty the King expressed His sincere thanks and appreciation to Netanyahu for his letter in which he informed the Sovereign of “Israel’s decision to recognize the Moroccanity of the Sahara and positively consider opening a Consulate in Dakhla,” adding that this decision “has been highly appreciated by Moroccans and the nation’s driving forces.”
His Majesty the King affirmed that the conflict over the Moroccan Sahara is “the Kingdom’s national cause, and the first priority of its foreign policy,” noting that Israel’s important decision “is both just and far-sighted.”
“It is just, as it reinforces Morocco’s authentic legal titles and indisputable historical rights over its Saharan Provinces,” noted the Sovereign, explaining that “the definite jurisdiction of the Moroccan State and the legal ties of allegiance which have existed, since time immemorial, between the Kings of Morocco and the Moroccan populations inhabiting these territories, which have always been so dear to the hearts of Morocco’s Monarchs, are both well-established and undeniable.”
The Sovereign also explained that Israel’s decision is “far-sighted because it is in line with the irreversible international dynamic that has seen many countries, from all parts of the world, backing a final solution to this anachronistic regional dispute, on the basis of the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative for the Sahara, within the framework of the Kingdom’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
His Majesty the King recalled that since December 2020, bilateral relations between Morocco and Israel have continued to grow and strengthen in all fields.
“The momentum characterizing our ties is unprecedented, be it in terms of the exchange of visits by officials and the business community, the development of the bilateral framework, the diversification of our cooperation or the consolidation of trade relations,” noted His Majesty the King, praising the deep-rooted ties uniting Morocco and Israel, notably through the Jewish community of Moroccan origin.
The Sovereign also confidently stated that the clear position expressed by Netanyahu, on behalf of Israel, on the Moroccan status of the Sahara “is likely to further strengthen the ties between Morocco and Israel,” affirming to the Israeli official His Majesty’s firm and constant commitment.
“As I indicated during our telephone conversation on December 25, 2020, you are welcome to visit Morocco on a mutually agreed date, to be determined through diplomatic channels,” stressed His Majesty the King in His message.
His Majesty the King also affirmed that the December meeting “will open up new prospects for bilateral relations between Morocco and Israel” and “will also be an opportunity to promote peace for all the populations of the region, bearing in mind the content of the Tripartite Declaration signed on December 22, 2020, between Morocco, the US, and Israel, including the principles that should guide the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”