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Morocco Delays Israel Allies Meeting

FILE: This combination of file pictures created on December 10, 2020 shows a Moroccan flag off the coasts of the city of Cayenne on March 21, 2012 and an Israeli national flag on September 23, 2020. - Morocco confirmed on December 10, 2020 it would resume diplomatic relations.

RABAT — Morocco said Friday it has postponed a meeting of Arab allies of Israel it had been due to host this summer in response to mounting bloodshed in the occupied West Bank.

The annual meeting, which is in only its second year, was already postponed this spring after a previous flare-up of violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said he hoped the meeting could still go ahead at a later date when circumstances are more "favorable."

Last year's meeting brought together the Israeli foreign minister and the top diplomats of Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Morocco.

"There were efforts to arrange it during the summer. Unfortunately, there is a political context which could prevent this meeting from producing the results we had been hoping for," Bourita said.

Morocco normalized its relations with Israel in December 2020 as part of a deal that also saw the United States recognize its unilateral annexation of disputed Western Sahara.

The deal has faced domestic criticism as the Palestinian cause still commands widespread public support in the North African country.