Morocco is a model of tolerance for the region and the world, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday.
“Morocco’s efforts to promote tolerance – from its historic tradition of protecting its Jewish minority, from the signing of the Marrakesh Declaration, to yesterday’s agreement with Israel – are a model for the region and for the whole world,” said Mr. Pompeo in a statement.
“The United States, Israel and Morocco have chosen peace and the world is better for it,” he continued, noting that the decision to resume diplomatic relations between Israel and Morocco is “another remarkable step towards peace”.
The head of American diplomacy recalled that American President Donald Trump also “recognized Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara”, stressing that the United States remains convinced that only political negotiations are able to put an end to this dispute.
“As we have said for a long time, we believe that these negotiations should take place within the framework of the Moroccan autonomy plan,” Pompeo repeated.
Returning to the centuries-old relations between Washington and Rabat, he recalled that in 1777, Morocco was the first country to “grant diplomatic recognition” to the United States of America.
“That same year, Morocco opened its ports to ships from the new American republic, which allowed us to promote our trade and support our struggle for freedom. Our friendship has endured,” said the US Secretary of State.