Palestinian Official Says Morocco Won’t Attend US- Sponsored Conference in Bahrain


Rabat – Morocco will allegedly support Palestine’s  decision to boycott the US-sponsored economic conference, which will take place in Manama, Bahrain on June 25-26.

Spokesperson of the Palestinian Government Ibrahim Melhem said that Morocco, Jordan and Egypt did not announce their intention toparticipate in the forum. Melhem’s remarks came after an anonymous senior US official announced that the three countries have confirmed their participation in the symposium.

Read Also: Morocco to Attend Bahrain Conference on Middle East Peace

“In contrast to what was reported, the Palestinian government took note that the brothers in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Morocco, and the Arab Republic of Egypt did not announce their acceptance to take part in the Bahrain conference.”

He also highlightedPalestine’s friendly diplomatic relations with the three countries. Melhem then called on all “brotherly and friendly countries” to withdraw their participation in another statement on Facebook.

He said that the participation “would carry wrong messages about the unity of the Arab position” to oppose Trump’s Middle East Plan.

Both Morocco and Jordan have long held unwavering support for the Palestinian cause.

Sponsored by the US, the conference will serve as an opportunity to encourage investment in Palestine.

“This workshop is a pivotal opportunity to convene government, civil society, and business leaders to share ideas, discuss strategies, and galvanize support for potential economic investments and initiatives that could be made possible by a peace agreement,” said the US and Bahrain in a joint statement on the conference.

Rumors suggesting Morocco’s participation in the forum followed the visit of senior US  adviser Jared Kushner to Morocco on May 28, when he was received by King Mohammed VI.

Kushner’s visit, according to the Moroccan government, sought to discuss the diplomatic relations between Rabat and Washington as well as recent developments in the Middle East.

Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, denied that Kushner unveiled the content of the US Middle East Plan also known as the Deal of the Century, which aims to broker  peace between Palestine and Israel.

“Morocco does not know yet of the content of any peace plan and will express its position when it will be informed about the details of the initiative,” Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita said last weekend.

Several countries have already confirmed their participation in the conference, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar,  and the UAE.