Despite Palestine’s call to boycott, Morocco, along with Egypt and Jordan, will attend the US-sponsored economic conference in Manama, Bahrain.
Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has confirmed Morocco’s participation in the US-sponsored economic conference in Bahrain, which begins on Tuesday, June 25.
The foreign ministry said on Monday that a member of the Moroccan Ministry of Economy and Finance will represent the country.
The statement also reiterated Morocco’s position on the Palestinian cause, emphasizing that the kingdom remains attached to the “two-state solution.”
The confirmation of participation comes following several calls from Palestinian officials urgingArab states to boycott the symposium.
Spokesperson of the Palestinian government, Ibrahim Melhem, said last week that his country rejects any proposal that opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
Melhem also called on countries, including Morocco, Egypt, and Jordan to protest the conference.
The three countries confirmed their participation, along with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Palestine has reaffirmed its rejection of the event, stating that any Palestinian who chose to participate would be nothing but a “collaborator for the Americans and Israel.”
Ahmed Majdalani, Palestine’s Social Development Minister said that “there will be no Palestinian participation in the Manama workshop.”
On Sunday, June 21, in Rabat, thousands of Moroccans rallied against the conference to express solidarity with Palestinians. Protesters called on the Moroccan government to boycott the conference.
Despite Morocco’s participation in the conference, Palestine considers Morocco as a key supporter as it has opposed several provocative moves from the US.
In 2018, Morocco criticized the US support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine, with King Mohammed VI addressing letters to both US President Donald Trump and the United Nations to warn against any move that would threaten the status of Jerusalem.
Following the US decision to move its embassy rom Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, King Mohammed VI said in a letter to Trump that “the city of al Quds must remain a land of cohabitation and a symbol of coexistence and tolerance for all.”
“The city is not only important for the parties of the conflict, but also for believers in the three Abrahamic religions, due to its unique religious characteristics, its ancient identity, and its great political symbolism,” the monarch said in the letter submitted in January 2018.
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will chair the forum, which seeks to “encourage” investment in Palestine as part of the US Peace Plan.