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Bourita and Blinken talk Middle East: Focus on Gaza and Israel-Hezbollah tensions

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Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita held a telephone conversation on Friday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. 

Nasser Bourita © DM

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita held a telephone conversation on Friday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. 

While the specifics of their discussion were not disclosed, it is presumed that the conversation focused on the ongoing situation in the Middle East, particularly in Gaza and the heightened tensions between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon along the border.

Since October 8, the Iranian-backed Shia organization Hezbollah has increased its provocations under the guise of supporting the Palestinian people. Hezbollah's actions are seen by many as using the Palestinian cause as a pretext for their agenda.

Morocco, whose public opinion strongly supports the Palestinian cause, maintains a balanced stance on the conflict. The Moroccan leadership avoids harsh rhetoric against Israel, instead opting for diplomatic engagement with all regional parties to help reduce tensions.

Morocco and Israel have sustained diplomatic relations since the signing of the Abraham Accords, which marked a significant step towards normalizing ties between Israel and several Arab nations.

Morocco has traditionally supported the Palestinian cause while also pursuing a pragmatic and balanced foreign policy in the region.

The conversation between Bourita and Blinken likely addressed the deteriorating situation in Gaza, where escalating violence has caused significant humanitarian concerns. 

Additionally, the tensions at the Israel-Lebanon border, exacerbated by Hezbollah's provocations, pose a threat to regional stability. Hezbollah, funded by Iran, has been particularly active in recent months, claiming to act in support of Palestinians but often seen as advancing its own strategic interests.

Rabat's balanced position and efforts to maintain open channels of communication with all sides underscore Morocco's role as a mediator and a stabilizing force in the region. 

By fostering dialogue and working to de-escalate conflicts, Morocco contributes to broader efforts aimed at achieving lasting peace and security in the Middle East.

By Bruno Finel 



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