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    Morocco to receive Zionist FM despite onslaught against Palestinians Occupied Jerusalem: 1 September, 2003 (IAP News) Zionist Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom
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      Morocco to receive Zionist FM despite onslaught against Palestinians

      Occupied Jerusalem: 1 September, 2003 (IAP News)

      Zionist Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom flew to Rabat Monday for talks
      with Moroccan King Muhammed VI and his Foreign Minister Muhammed Bin
      Issa.

      The Zionist state-run radio said Shalom would discuss with the
      Moroccan monarch bilateral relations, including the possible
      resumption of diplomatic relations between the Zionist state and
      Morocco.

      The radio said Shalom would press Muhammed VI to reopen the Moroccan
      liaison office in Tel Aviv and the Israeli diplomatic office in
      Rabat.

      Morocco severed diplomatic ties with the Zionist regime in protest
      against Israeli repression of the Palestinians people following the
      September 2000 outbreak of the al Aqsa intifada.

      The Palestinian Authority has already expressed its dismay at the
      visit, calling it "provocative and coming at a time when Israel is
      stepping up its genocidal campaign against the Palestinian people."

      A PA official, Ahmed Abdul Rahman, said "It is a shame that some Arab
      countries have decided to receive the Israeli foreign Minister while
      the democratically-elected Palestinian President is under siege in
      his office."

      Abdul Rahman asked bitterly "Is Morocco rewarding Israel for killing
      the Palestinians and building the huge apartheid wall on our land?"

      Khalid Soufiani, the president of Morocco's Palestine Supporters
      Association, reacted to the news by saying, "It would be catastrophic
      to re-establish ties with Israel, and contrary to the wishes of the
      majority of Moroccan people."

      "They have chosen a very bad moment to do this, when Palestinians are
      being massacred daily," said Soufiani.

      "The government should categorically refuse to normalise relations,
      but I fear they may go ahead in order to please America."

      This is the second visit by Shalom to Morrocco. Back in August 2002,
      Shalom also secretly met with his Moroccan counterpart Muhammad Bin
      Issa, while accompanying Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmud Abbas on a
      visit to Morocco.

      Currently, the only Arab countries to maintain diplomatic relations
      with the zionist state are Egypt and Jordan, though in 2002 Egypt
      limited contacts to those that would help the Palestinians' cause.

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      Also, some background information taken from Al Jazeera website.
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