Israel and Morocco sign three agreements following Lapid-Bourita meeting

Nasser Bourita told his visiting Israeli counterpart that their countries’ newly-upgraded ties will bring economic benefits.

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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Nasser Bourita, his Moroccan counterpart, signed off on Wednesday on an air service agreement between the Kingdom of Morocco and the state of Israel and an agreement to cooperate in the fields of culture, sports, and youth.

The two ministers also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the establishment of a political consultation mechanism between their countries’ foreign ministries.

It was not immediately clear what such a memorandum would encompass but the MoUs appeared to fit into the wider design of the face-to-face diplomacy during Lapid’s two-day visit to Morocco.

Israel and Morocco agreed in December to restart diplomatic relations and re-launch direct flights under a deal brokered by former US President Donald Trump in which Washington also recognized Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara dispute.

Morocco was one of four Arab countries along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan to move toward normalizing ties with Israel last year under US-brokered deals.

Those accords angered Palestinians who have long relied on Arab support in their quest for statehood in Israeli-occupied territory.

Along with a ministerial delegation, Lapid will also inaugurate Israel’s diplomatic mission in Rabat during the visit.

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