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Israeli Head of Mission Arrives in Morocco, Israel Says

Israeli Head of Mission Arrives in Morocco, Israel Says

Tuesday, 26 January, 2021 - 18:15
A deserted street in Moroccan capital Rabat, as the country is put under lockdown. (AFP)

Israel’s head of mission in Rabat took up his post on Tuesday, the Israeli foreign ministry said, under a deal to upgrade ties with Morocco, the fourth Arab country to forge relations with Israel in recent months.


Israel’s cabinet on Sunday approved the US-brokered agreement reached last month with Morocco, which followed the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan in moving towards normal ties with Israel.


In a statement, the Israeli foreign ministry said the head of Israel’s liaison office in Rabat, Ambassador David Govrin, and his staff will work towards advancing “political dialogue, tourism, economy and cultural ties” with Morocco.


The ministry also announced the opening on Tuesday of the Israeli consulate in Dubai, two days after Israel inaugurated its embassy in Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s cabinet approved the establishment of an embassy in Tel Aviv.


An Israeli embassy in Bahrain has been operating for several weeks, the statement said.


On Monday, an Israeli cabinet member, Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen, for the first time led an official delegation to Sudan to discuss moving forward on normalizing relations.


US President Joe Biden has said he wants to build on Israel’s deals with the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco that were part of a final foreign policy push by the former Trump administration.


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