Foreign Ministry Spokesman Statement on Death of King Hassan II

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
24 July 1999

The Foreign Ministry expressed its sorrow on the death of King Hassan II of Morocco, one of the great leaders of our time, who left his mark on every breakthrough toward peace between Israel and its neighbors. Throughout his lifetime, King Hassan II was noted for his openness and his contribution to the dialogue between nations and faiths — which found expression in the good relations between the large, ancient Moroccan Jewish community and its Muslim neighbors. The people of Israel, and particularly the expatriate Moroccan community in Israel, grieve over the death of the King and will warmly remember his person and his deeds.

May God grant that his successor, King Mohammed VI, who was raised on the values which characterized his father, will also be a partner to the strong aspiration to contribute to the peace process, to dialogue and to reconciliation between the nations of our region.