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'No peace without Palestinian state,' insists Morocco's parliamentary Speaker

Palestinian protesters pray during a demonstration against Jewish settlements in the Palestinian village of Deir Estia in the occupied West Bank on 2 April 2010 [Najeh Hashlamoun/Apaimages]
Palestinian protesters pray during a demonstration against Jewish settlements in the Palestinian village of Deir Estia in the occupied West Bank on 2 April 2010 [Najeh Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

The Speaker of the Moroccan Parliament said on Friday that no peace can be achieved in the region without the establishment of a Palestinian state, Quds Net has reported. Habib Al-Maliki made his comments during a meeting with the Palestinian Authority Ambassador Zoheir Al-Shon in the Moroccan capital, Rabat.

Although various issues were discussed, the main item on the agenda was the new relationship between Israel and the US, and the threat to the peace process and two-state solution. The two officials stressed the importance of pushing forward mutual political cooperation between the Moroccan parliament and the Palestinian National Council.

According to Al-Malik, the parliament in Rabat is ready to offer its expertise to the PNC, as well as to benefit from the Palestinian experience where applicable. He also said that he will invite the head of the council, Salim Al-Za'noun, during the next few months in order to forge a mutual cooperation deal.

"There can be no peace without the establishment of the Palestinian state, ending the Israeli occupation, accepting the two-state solution, halting settlements and ending the suffering of the Palestinian people in order to get their freedom and independence," the Speaker stressed.

Apparently, the PA official ignored the role of the Palestinian parliament in the discussions about relations between the Moroccan parliament and the Palestinian National Council.

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