(JNS) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Morocco next week, where his plans include an effort to normalize relations with Israel, officials said on Wednesday.

“Morocco plays a great role across the region as an important partner in promoting tolerance, [and] has these quiet ties and relationship with Israel as well,” an official was quoted by AFP as telling reporters on condition of anonymity.

Pompeo is the highest-level U.S. official to visit Morocco since U.S. President Donald Trump’s election, and is scheduled to meet with King Mohammed VI.

A State Department official said that Morocco was a “critical partner for us across the range of issues,” including counterterrorism, according to the report.

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