Morocco reiterated today its categorical rejection of all violations and unilateral measures affecting the legal status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif and the legitimate rights of the brotherly Palestinian people to achieve their aspirations for freedom and independence.
The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, in a speech in the urgent meeting of Arab foreign ministers, which was held virtually, condemned the hateful speeches of some Israeli extremist religious organizations.
He stressed that the Kingdom of Morocco "shares with its brothers from the Arab countries the feelings of grave concern over the violent events taking place in the Holy City of Jerusalem, especially the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, which is facing systematic plans to displace its people in the midst of an escalation of Israeli attacks on Jerusalemites, and what the Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards have known in terms of incursions, arrests and intimidation of worshipers during the blessed month of Ramadan. "
He warned that the continuation of such practices would only lead to more factors of escalation and tension, and the prevalence of hate speech and hatred, thus reducing the chances of peace in the region, and plunging the Palestinian cause and Holy Jerusalem into the maze of religious and ideological conflict.
Bourita added that overcoming these difficult and chronic situations caused by the stalemate that has affected the peace process for years, will not be achieved unless by relaunching this process again, according to clear determinants, the foundations of international legitimacy, Security Council resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative, to safeguard the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and work towards Re-launch a constructive dynamic for peace that guarantees all peoples of the region to live in security, stability and harmony.
He mentioned that the Kingdom of Morocco places the Palestinian issue and Al-Quds Al-Sharif at the forefront of its concerns, reaffirming the firm and clear position of Morocco, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Jerusalem Committee, in support and advocacy of the Palestinian cause, and its adherence to a peaceful settlement according to the internationally agreed two-state solution, by establishing a Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, and its capital is East Jerusalem.
He said that King Mohammed VI, in his capacity as Chairman of the Jerusalem Committee, will continue to defend the special status of Jerusalem and respect the freedom to practice religious rites for the followers of the three monotheistic religions, indicating that His Majesty will spare no effort to protect its Islamic character, preserve the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and defend the historical identity of this city as a land.
For coexistence between the divine religions, Mr. Nasser Bourita reviewed what the field arm of the Jerusalem Committee, the Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency, under the direction of the King, is doing to support the steadfastness of the Jerusalem population, whether through its annual programs, projects, or humanitarian aid in the health, educational and social fields.
He said that Morocco strongly and permanently supports all the efforts of the Palestinian Authority to defend the rights of Jerusalemites, protect the holy sites and preserve the legal status and Islamic character of Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the capital of the State of Palestine.
Bourita concluded that the Kingdom of Morocco "who clings to peace as a strategic choice remains convinced of the virtues of dialogue and negotiation as the only way to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, away from acts of violence and unilateral actions."