Friday, April 23, 2021

India’s Good Relations With Israel & Arab Nations Could Help Achieve A Two-State Solution For Israel & Palestine — Morocco

India’s good relations with Israel could play an important role in reaching a two-state solution between the Palestinian and Israeli parties, Moroccan envoy to India Mohamed Maliki has said. 

Saudi Gives Green Signal To Israel; Can Putin & Xi Defend Iran Against An Impending US-Israel Attack?

Maliki also believes that Morocco and India’s strong ties with the Middle East could help “achieve peace in the strategic region”.

In an interview with The Economic Times, Maliki underlined that both India and Israel could benefit from Moroccan companies in Africa and joint initiatives in the continent could result in a win-win situation for the three countries. He also highlighted their cooperation in business, IT, and other sectors.


Maliki’s comments have come days after the normalization of ties between Israel and Morocco and the US’ acceptance of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara.

However, he stressed that the revival of ties with Israel will in no way affect Morocco’s “unwavering and continuous commitment” to the Palestinian cause.

Earlier this month, outgoing US President Donald Trump had signed a proclamation recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, following the restoration of diplomatic relations between Morocco and the Jewish nation.

Trump had tweeted on December 10, “Today, I signed a proclamation recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony. Morocco’s serious, credible, and realistic autonomy proposal is the ONLY basis for a just and lasting solution for enduring peace and prosperity!”

He also tweeted, “Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco have agreed to full diplomatic relations—a massive breakthrough for peace in the Middle East!”

Morocco claims Western Sahara, a disputed territory on the northwest coast and in the Maghreb region of North and West Africa, as part of its territory. However, the region has for long been a “non-self-governing territory” (NSGT) with a conflict going on between the King of Morocco and Polisario Front, fighting for its independence.

According to the UN Charter, an NSGT is defined as a territory “whose people have not yet attained a full measure of self-government”. 

The US has become the first country to formally recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara. The region is rich in mineral and phosphate deposits. It has also potentially significant offshore oil reserves.

The US is likely to open its consulate in Western Sahara as part of its deal with Morocco. Maliki said Morocco would welcome India’s decision to open a consulate in Moroccan Sahara as well, which acts as a link between North and South Africa.

Author’s Profile

Follow EurAsian Times on Google


Featured News

Myanmar Lawmakers Flee To India’s Mizoram As Junta Forces Attack Villagers With Drones, RPGs

More than a dozen lawmakers from Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) have taken shelter in India’s Mizoram state even as the country’s junta...

Why Is India Not On The Same Page With Its ‘Democratic Allies’ On Myanmar’s Military Regime?

Days after condemning the ongoing violence in Myanmar at the United Nations, India has again changed its tone with regard to the country's military...

Can India’s ‘Super Positive Image’ In Afghanistan Win Over ‘Hostile’ Taliban As US Military Ops About To End?

India is preparing to minimize threats to its interests in Afghanistan as US-led military operations in Afghanistan are about to end and the prospect...

Indian LCA Tejas Or Pakistani JF-17: Who Is Winning The Malaysian Fighter Jet Contract?

India’s multi-role Tejas fighter has captured the imagination of the Malaysian air force for quite some time now. The 4.5 generation Light Combat Aircraft...

China, Russia Or Aliens: Why Is There A Sudden Surge In UFO Sightings Over US Military Bases?

The sudden surge in the "UFO" sightings over US military bases and naval assets may be attributed to deliberate incursions by enemy spy drones. Defense...