Al Quds Committee 20th Session Under Chairmanship Of HM The King
Mahmoud Abbas Expresses High Regard For HM The King For Support To Palestinian Cause
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed high regard for His Majesty King Mohammed VI for the ongoing support of the Sovereign to the Palestinian cause and his tireless efforts in support of the Palestinian people and Al Quds.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 20th meeting of Al-Quds Committee, Mahmoud Abbas also commended the call of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Chairman of Al -Quds Committee, for the Marrakech meeting, an opportunity to unite the efforts of the member states to protect the rights of the Palestinian people and preserve the holy city of Al-Quds.
The Palestinian president also expressed his thanks and appreciation to the member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for their support to Bayt Mal Al Quds.
Mahmoud Abbas hailed the decisions of the 20th meeting of Al-Quds Committee that will support the struggle of the Palestinian people and the preservation of Muslim and Christian holy places in Jerusalem.
President Abbas presented to HM the King, in his capacity as Chairman of Al-Quds Committee, an official document prepared by the State of Palestine, including an inventory of various violations by the Israeli occupation authorities against the holy city and its sacred symbols.
The Personal Involvement Of HM The King For The Palestinian Cause, Beyond Any Doubt (Former UNESCO Head)
The personal involvement of HM King Mohammed VI, chairman of Al Quds Committee, for the defense of the Palestinian cause is "beyond any doubt", said former Director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Federico Mayor Zaragoza.
The Sovereign who is "custodian of a multi-century legitimacy does not spare any effort to support the Palestinian people's legitimate claims for an independent, free and sovereign state", the UNESCO former chief (1987-1999) told MAP as Morocco is holding this January 17-18, under the chairmanship of HM the King, the 20th session of Al Quds Committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Federico Mayor, who also served as Spain's education and science minister underscored the importance of Al Quds committee meeting in Marrakech as "a new and important opportunity" to resume dialog on the Middle East peace process and discuss Israel's policy of illegal settlements.
He also considered that the world is closely following this meeting which is held in a crucial period for the Palestinian issue and peace negotiations, stressing that the timing is "more than pertinent" given Israel's provocations and aggressions, which are a source of worry to the international community.
Federico Mayor further commended the actions and initiatives of Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency, the field arm of Al Quds Committee, to preserve the religious and cultural legacy and civilization of city.
"The Agency's programs have efficiently contributed to alleviating the sufferings of Al Quds inhabitants and to improving their daily life", he insisted.
Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency Hopes To Raise Funds To Reinforce Its Projects In The Holy City (Agency's General Director)
Bayt Mal Al Quds Asharif Agency (BMAQ/based in Rabat) is betting on Al Quds Committee meeting that opens this Friday under the chairmanship of HM King Mohammed VI to raise more funds to reinforce its projects in the holy city, said the Agency general director Dr. Abdelkbir Alaoui M'Daghri.
"We are hoping to raise a sufficient budget for the Agency to carry out its upcoming (2014-2019) five-year plan", he told MAP stressing that the Agency needs an additional USD 30 million.
After he recalled that Morocco is the largest fund-donor, with over 80pc of its budget, the head of Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency, the field arm of Al Quds committee, set up to preserve the city's religious and cultural legacy and civilization, underscored significant efforts made by the Sovereign, in his capacity as chairman of Al Quds Committee, to defend the Palestinian cause by mobilizing the Moroccan diplomacy during international meetings and by sending messages to head of states, the UN secretary General or the Pope, in addition to extending his backing to Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency.
Of the Agency's actions, the general director cited the building of schools, renovation of old ones, extending scholarships to students from Al Quds, consolidating the health infrastructure, as well as women-empowerment programs and social assistance actions.
Established in 1998 at the initiative of the late HM King Hassan II, the agency is the field arm of Al Quds Committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
HM The King Managed To Put Al Quds High On International Agendas, French Expert
HM King Mohammed VI, Chairman of Al Quds Committee, had the merit to put the cause of the holy city high on the international and diplomatic agendas, said Director of the Observatory of Geopolitical Studies in France, Charles Saint -Prot.
In a statement to MAP, on the eve of the meeting of the 20th meeting of Al-Quds Committee, held on January 17-18 in Marrakech, Saint -Prot said that at a moment when the Arab world is experiencing many crises and is concerned about many threats, Morocco, under the leadership of his Majesty the King, took the initiative of organizing this important meeting.
"Morocco's initiative is commendable whether in terms of the constant and concrete action regarding its involvement in Bayt Mal Al Quds agency that helps the poor and contributes to the building of schools, mosques, and community centers, or the preservation of the identity of the holy city and religious coexistence between the three monotheistic religions," he said.
Al Quds Committee 20th Session Slated January 17-18 In Marrakech Under Chairmanship Of HM The King
The Al Quds committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), will hold on January 17-18 in Marrakech its 20th session under the chairmanship of HM King Mohammed VI, chairman of the Al Quds Committee, in the presence of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.
The meeting will be attended by foreign ministers of the committee member states, as well as the OIC secretary general.
High-level emissaries representing the UNSC permanent members, the EU, the Vatican, the UN and the Arab league will also attend the event.
HM The King And President Obama Saw Eye To Eye On Importance Of Achieving Permanent Settlement To Conflict Over Al Quds, Huffington Post
During his White House meeting with President Obama late last year, HM King Mohammed VI and the American leader saw eye to eye on the importance of achieving a permanent settlement to the conflict over Al Quds. There are high-level hopes that this week's meeting in Rabat will prove to be one of the first fruits of that understanding, The Huffington Post said.
In Israel and Palestine, US Secretary of State John Kerry's campaign to foster a settlement is nearing its home stretch, with an urgent need for greater regional support. This conference, if effectively steered and supported, can help to provide that support, said author Ahmed Charai, Mid-East policy advisor in Washington.
There are grounds for hope that the Al-Quds Committee will make a meaningful contribution to peace efforts in the Holy Land, the paper said, noting that HM King Mohammed VI has consistently tried to work through the group to foster the circumstances necessary to enable the parties to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to achieve a peace accord. These measures include philanthropic projects to build hospitals and schools for the Palestinians and offers to oversee the maintenance of Muslim holy sites during periods of heightened acrimony.
France Hails Morocco's Initiative To Hold Al Quds Committee Meeting
France hailed, on Wednesday, Morocco's initiative to hold a meeting of the Al Quds committee, underlining that all initiatives supporting peace are welcomed.
"We commend Morocco's initiative to organize a meeting of the Al Quds committee on January 17-18 in Marrakech, said the spokesperson of the French foreign ministry Romain Nadal at a press briefing.
All initiatives meant to encourage talks under way and support international efforts for peace are welcomed, he added