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Previous Meetings of Israeli Officials With Moroccan Monarch With Israel Morocco

July 21, 1986

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Prime Minister Shimon Peres’ meeting with Morocco’s King Hassan is at least the fifth between Israeli leaders and Hassan in a decade. Unlike the latest meeting, all previous sessions were kept secret at the time.

Other meetings were:

As prime minister in 1976, Yitzhak Rabin, now defense minister, met Hassan in the Moroccan capital of Rabat in a session that helped pave the way for initial peace talks with Egypt. During his visit, Rabin dressed in Arab clothes and was presented with a 500-year-old scroll of the Torah, the five books of Moses in the Bible.

In 1977, then-foreign minister and late war hero Moshe Dayan met Hassan in sessions that helped lead to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem in November 1977. Hassan served as a mediator between Israel and Sadat.

In 1979, Peres, then parliamentary opposition leader as chairman of the Labor Party, met Hassan to discuss efforts to break a stalemate in Israeli- Egyptian peace negotiations.

Peres met Hassan again in 1981 to feel out Middle East peace prospects during a period of tensions with Syria.

Since 1984, several groups of Moroccan-born Israelis including members of Parliament have openly traveled to Morocco and have met the king. Most recently, 250 Israelis headed by Labor Party legislator Rafi Edri attended Hassan’s birthday celebrations in May.

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