Jared Kushner met in May with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI who welcomed Washington's interest in boosting cooperation with Rabat.
Rabat – Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita met with US President Donald Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, on the sidelines of the 4th session of the US-Morocco Strategic Dialogue held on Tuesday, October 22.
According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) the meeting, touched upon means to strengthen bilateral partnership between Rabat and Washington and allowed for an exchange of views on regional issues.
The meeting between Bourita and Kushner comes less than six months after the White House senior adviser’s visit to Morocco, when he met with King Mohammed VI and several other Moroccan officials in May.
On May 28, the King hosted a breaking fast ceremony as Kushner’s visit fell during the holy month of Ramadan in Morocco.
The visit was part of Kushner’s tour in preparation for Washington’s economic conference held in June in Bahrain. The conference sought to encourage investment in Palestine.
The timing of Kushner’s visit, however, drew criticism from observers, who suggested that the visit sought to earn Morocco’s support for the US Peace Plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, also known as the “Deal of the Century.”
Morocco’s government, however, denied any discussions on the deal with Kushner during his visit.
A week after Kushner’s first visit to Morocco, Bourita told the press on June 7 that “Morocco does not know yet of the content of any peace plan and will express its position when it will be informed about the details of the initiative.”
He added that Kushner’s visit to Morocco touched on “bilateral relations and developments in the Middle East.”
In addition to Kushner, Bourita also met with Ivanka Trump, senior adviser to President Trump.
Ivanka Trump among the US officials who welcomed Morocco’s reforms, including those related to women’s rights.
Ms Trump conveyed her appreciation to Morocco’s reforms in a Facebook post in August.
She said that her country applauds the “Moroccan government for this important step towards the adoption of inheritance law amendments, and look forward to supporting their full implementation.”
The US official referred to the adoption of three bills related to communal agricultural land (sulaliyat).
The bill, unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives in August, takes into account the aspirations of rights holders, including women.