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November 28, 2019 11:53 am

Pompeo to Promote Normalization of Ties With Israel During Morocco Visit

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a statement on the Trump administration’s position on Israeli settlements in the West Bank during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, Nov. 18, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Yara Nardi. – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Morocco next week, where his plans include an effort to normalize relations with Israel, officials said Wednesday.

“Morocco plays a great role across the region as an important partner in promoting tolerance [and] has these quiet ties and relationship with Israel as well,” an official was quoted by AFP as telling reporters on condition of anonymity.

Pompeo is the highest-level US official to visit Morocco since President Donald Trump’s election, and is scheduled to meet with King Mohammed VI. A State Department official said that Morocco was a “critical partner for us across the range of issues,” including counterterrorism, according to the report.

Officially, Israel only has official relations with Egypt and Jordan among the Arab countries, but Morocco unofficially allows Israeli investors and tourists to visit, noted the report, which added that around 3,000 Jews still live in the country.

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