Moroccan MPs snub Knesset following local media pressure

November 13, 2013 16:16


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Lawmakers from Morocco left an inter-parliamentary mission to Israel, which took place Wednesday, due to pressure from home.

Four Moroccan MPs were supposed to visit the Knesset as part of a Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) trip, but returned home after facing criticism from the media in their country.

"It's unfortunate that the MPs from Morocco didn't visit. We made great efforts and looked forward to their arrival," Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein told PAM President Francesco Amoruso and representatives from Egypt, Italy, Portugal, France and Monaco.

MK Dov Henin (Hadash), head of the Knesset delegation to PAM, as well as MKs Yisrael Hasson (Kadima) and Esawi Frej (Meretz) joined the meeting.

Edelstein pointed out that political and diplomatic issues were not on the agenda for the PAM visit and that the group came to Israel to discuss joint interests related to the environment, energy, water and transportation.

"Our doors are open to everyone and we will be happy to continue hosting discussions and cooperating with countries in the region," he stated.

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