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Visit of the high-level US-Israeli delegation to Morocco

His Majesty King Mohammed VI, received on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at Rabat Royal Palace, a high level US-Israeli delegation composed of Mr. Jared KUSHNER, Senior Adviser to the President of the United States of America, Mr. Meir BEN-SHABBAT, National Security Adviser of Israel, and Mr. Avrahm BERKOWITZ, Special Assistant to the President of the United States of America and Special Representative for International Negotiations.During this audience, His Majesty the King reiterated his deep satisfaction with the historic outcome of the telephone conversation that He had on December 10, 2020 with His Excellency Donald Trump, President of the United States of America. The Presidential Proclamation recognizing the Moroccanness of the Sahara and the measures announced for a resumption of cooperation mechanisms with Israel constitute major developments for the promotion of peace and regional stability.Besides, His Majesty the King congratulated Mr. KUSHNER on the considerable work that he has accomplished since his visit to Morocco in May 2018, which has made it possible to achieve this historic turning point in favor of Morocco's territorial integrity and this promising development for peace in the Middle East. Addressing Mr. Meir, His Majesty the King underlined the special bonds with the Moroccan Jewish community, particularly the members holding executive positions in Israel.With regard to the situation in Middle East, His Majesty the King reiterated the coherent, constant and unchanged position of the Kingdom of Morocco on the Palestinian question, as well as the position expressed on the importance of preserving the special status of the sacred city of Jerusalem for the three monotheistic religions in His Majesty the King’s capacity as Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee.A Joint Declaration between the Kingdom of Morocco, the United States of America and the State of Israel, was signed before His Majesty the King by the Head of Government, Mr. Saad Eddine El Otmani, Mr. Jared KUSHNER and Mr. Meir BEN-SHABBAT. This joint declaration will serve as a roadmap to enhance relations between Morocco, the United States of America and Israel in the future.The Senior Adviser to the President of the United States Jared Kushner expressed his gratitude to HM King Mohammed VI for his visionary leadership, which places Morocco and the entire region on a very promising trajectory. Recalling that Morocco is one of the "oldest and closest" partners of the United States, Mr. Kushner stressed that the two countries, which have just celebrated the 243rd anniversary of the recognition of the United States by the Kingdom in 1777, maintain relations which are "more solid than ever".On the issue of the Moroccan Sahara, Mr. Kushner noted that each of the American administrations, since that of President Bill Clinton, has affirmed its support for Morocco's "serious, credible and realistic" initiative for autonomy in the Sahara. By announcing his recognition of Morocco's sovereignty over the Sahara, President Donald Trump "rejects the status quo which benefits no one, and chooses to move towards a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution, a solution that makes sense and which is more likely to improve people's daily lives," said the US President's Adviser.For his part, Mr. Meir Ben-Shabbat, National Security Adviser of the State of Israel, expressed his "deep esteem" to His Majesty King Mohammed VI for his "courageous leadership and enlightened vision", saying that he is "proud to be in the Kingdom along with an official Israeli delegation to establish relations with Morocco". He underlined equally that he was convinced that the "links between the Royal Palace, and in fact all Moroccans, with the Jews of Morocco will constitute a bridge between the two countries, and one of the foundations of peace between the two peoples."On the sidelines of this visit, the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of America signed two cooperation agreements to promote investments in Morocco and Africa. The first agreement, a memorandum of understanding between the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), plans to provide financial and technical support to private investment projects, amounting to USD 3 billion, in Morocco and the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, in coordination with Moroccan partners. The second agreement constitutes a Letter of Intent between the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Government of the United States, represented by the US International Development Finance Corporation regarding the American initiative "Prosper Africa" which will facilitate access to American investors and cooperate together towards Africa.