Peres calls off visit to Marrakesh after outcry

Had been invited by Clinton Foundation to speak at conference

04 May, 14:57

    (ANSAmed) - RABAT, MAY 4 - Former Israeli president Shimon Peres will not be going to Marrakesh despite an invitation from the Clinton Foundation to speak at a conference on the Middle East and Africa. The decision was made after polemics following the announcement that he was to have taken part tomorrow. Many associations and a large section of pro-Palestinian civil society spoke out against Moroccan allowing the former Israeli political leader to enter the country. Hamas also urged Morocco to withdraw the invitation. The Tuesday event - under the foundation chaired by former US president Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea - will thus not go forward. The initiatives scheduled until May 7 include speeches by area leaders and figures from the culture and business worlds, both African and Middle Eastern. The aim is to take stock of relations and potential for development. Morocco and Israel have not had diplomatic relations since 2000, when the kingdom closed the Casablanca and Tangiers offices. Peres has already been to Morocco twice: in 1986, on an official visit while prime minister and when Hassan II was king, and in 1993, immediately after the signing of the Oslo Accords, which he was one of the creators of and which earned him the Nobel Peace Prize alongside Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin.(ANSAmed).

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