An aide to Israelís president says the king of Morocco will not meet with the Israeli statesman because of the impasse in Mideast peace talks.
The aide says King Mohammed VI cited the deadlocked talks in turning down President Shimon Peresí request to meet at an upcoming international conference in Marrakech.
Peace talks have stalled over Israelís refusal to extend building curbs in the West Bank. The Palestinians say they will not negotiate if Israel does not relent, but have given the US until early November to try to resolve the dispute.
The aide, who was not authorised to discuss the issue with the media and spoke on condition of anonymity, said that if Mr Peres cannot meet with the king, he will not attend the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa.