Moroccan Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mohamed Mael-Ainin: Q&A session notes
· Freedom of speech is respected in Morocco.
· It is permitted to hold Independence Day celebrations of other countries with whom Morocco has relations. In the case of Israel, currently there is only “engagement” between the two states. This is consistent with the Arab League approach, which Morocco follows.
· There is a difference between Morocco and both Egypt and Jordan in their relationship with Israel because of the fact that the latter two share borders with Israel. So this different level of relationship is particularly important.
· Previously there was a Moroccan diplomatic mission in Tel Aviv but in 2000, soon after the outbreak of the Second Intifada (uprising), Morocco closed it.
· Morocco supports dialogue and negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
· Israeli passport holders face no impediments in gaining entry to Morocco. Similarly, anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport is permitted to enter Morocco (assuming they meet the standard requirements for entry).
· The recent vicious murder of an elderly Jewish businessman in Morocco was in relation to a financial matter and was not politically or religiously motivated.
· The Israeli diplomat who recently left Morocco without participating in the anticipated discussions did so because the event was for parliamentary members, not diplomats.
· No political party in Morocco can claim that they are the Islamic party—there are numerous versions of this.
· In 2010 Morocco cut its diplomatic ties with Iran due to the latter providing financial support to a radical Shia group. Morocco is predominantly Sunni.
· The terrible actions in Toulouse are rejected and condemned by Morocco.