The king of Morocco congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett today in a letter reaffirming his kingdom’s commitment to advance peace in the region.
“I am pleased to send you warm congratulations and my wishes for success on the occasion of your being elected as Prime Minister of Israel,” King Mohammed VI of Morocco wrote. “I would like to take this opportunity to emphasize to you that the Kingdom of Morocco is determined to continue its active role and its best efforts to advance a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, which will enable all peoples of the region to live side by side in security, stability and friendship.”
Morocco was one of four Arab nations to join the Abraham Accords and one of six to sign peace agreements with Israel including Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.
Bennett thanked the king and said that “Israel views Morocco as an important friend and partner in the efforts to advance peace and security in the region.”
“I will further Israeli-Moroccan relations in all spheres for the welfare and prosperity of both peoples, who have been friends for many years,” he resounded, according to a release from the Prime Minister’s Office.
Leaders of the UAE and Bahrain also congratulated Bennett earlier this week.
The official letter from Morocco is welcome after a rocky few months between the two countries. After the 11-day war between Israel and Hamas in May, Morocco’s prime minister allegedly sent a personal message to the leader of Hamas congratulating him on his “victory” over the “Zionist entity.”
Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh is reportedly arriving in the North African nation today. According to the Anadolu Agency, Haniyeh will stay for several days.
Also, pro-Palestinian groups in Morocco started a campaign on social media calling for the expulsion of Israeli Ambassador to Morocco David Govrin.
Govrin opened the diplomatic office in Morocco’s capital, Rabat, in February and direct flights between the countries should begin next month.