Moroccan king to recognize Israel

Sept. 2, 2003 at 5:19 PM
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RABAT, Morocco, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Israel's foreign minister said Tuesday Morocco's King Mohammed VI would "seriously consider" diplomatic relations with Israel.

The announcement by Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom came after he met Tuesday for an hour and half with the Moroccan King in Rabat. The Jerusalem Post reports the king and the Israeli foreign minister agreed to form a special committee to reinstate diplomatic relations between the two states, which were severed in October 2000 following the the outbreak of the Palestinian intifada.

The team would also work on encouraging Israeli tourism to Morocco.

The king told the Israeli diplomat he hopes to play a significant role in the Mideast peace process. He said he hoped Shalom's visit, the first by an Israeli foreign minister since 2000, would encourage other Arab states to engage in open and frank talks with Israel.

Shalom gave King Mohammed VI a letter from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and invited him to visit Jerusalem.

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