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In Rabat, Lapid holds lengthy talks with Moroccan FM, who urges 2-state solution

4 9 27

RABAT, Morocco — Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita called for a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 border on Wednesday, after signing a series of framework agreements with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

Speaking in Arabic, Bourita said that “negotiations are the only way to reach a final and comprehensive solution for two states living side by side in total peace.”

He added that Morocco’s King Mohammad VI wants a secure Israel “based on the borders of 1967.”

Bourita stressed that Israel and the Palestinians “badly need to start rebuilding trust and confidence between both parties.”

Turning to Israel-Morocco ties, Bourita said the bilateral relationship “is not like any other.” He referenced the status of the Jewish community in the kingdom and ties between Jews in Israel and Morocco.

Speaking in English after Bourita, Lapid waxed poetic on peacemaking.

“The only wars that have any meaning are those against poverty, against ignorance, against pandemics and sickness,” he said, before quoting the Quranic verse, “If they lean toward peace, you too should lean toward it.”

“Nations and people are measured by their ability to really see the other,” Lapid continued. “To see the other’s suffering, their hope, their need for change.
This moment would not have arrived if we had not decided to see one another.”

He added that “the agreements that we will sign will bring our countries innovation and opportunities for the benefit of our children – and their children – for years to come.”

“Today, we are not being good politicians, we are being good parents,” Lapid said.

Immediately before the speeches, the two ministers signed three framework agreements that covered political consultation between the ministries; cooperation in culture, youth, and sports; and air service between the countries.

The signing ceremony took place after the two sat together for a private meeting that stretched well beyond the allotted time, a possible sign that there is personal chemistry between the ministers.

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