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Joint Communique Israel-Morocco

(July 24, 1986)

The official communique, in French, was issued simultaneously in Rabat and in Jerusalem. In the course of his two day visit to Morocco, Mr. Peres stayed at a royal guest house in Ifran and met the king three times. The communique mentioned the Fez Plan, adopted by an Arab summit conference in September 1982, containing an eight point peace plan, which did not mention Israel specifically but referred to it under "guarantees for peace for all the states of the region. " The statement added that the meeting was of a purely "exploratory nature", not aiming at engaging in negotiations. The Arab reaction to the meeting was negative and the king, speaking to his nation even before Mr. Peres returned to Israel, sought to minimize its importance. Text:

"His Majesty King Hassan II has, on July 22 and 23 of 1986, received at his palace in Ifran, Mr. Shimon Peres, Prime Minister of Israel. During the talks marked by frankness and devoted essentially to the study of the Fez Plan, the Moroccan Sovereign and the Israeli Prime Minister analyzed, in depth, the situation in the Middle East and the conditions, in form and in substance, likely to contribute efficiently to the establishment of peace in this region.

"His Majesty King Hassan II gave a presentation of the Fez Plan, explaining his views concerning the merits of each of its elements and suggesting that this plan has the double merit of, on the one hand, constituting the sole document which is objectively valid as to serve as a basis for a just and durable peace and, on the other hand, being the object of an Arab consensus, in contrast with any other plan or peace proposal.

"In his turn, Mr. Shimon Peres clarified his observations on the Fez Plan, putting forth propositions pertaining to conditions he deems necessary for the installation of peace.

"As the meeting was of a purely exploratory nature, aiming at no moment at engaging in negotiations, His Majesty Hassan II will inform the Arab leaders, and Prime Minister Peres his Government, of the points of view developed during the talks.

Source: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs