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Morocco, Israel Sign Defense Memorandum in Rabat

Morocco, Israel Sign Defense Memorandum in Rabat

Wednesday, 24 November, 2021 - 10:15
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz walks past the media during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, August 1, 2021. Abir Sultan/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Israel’s defense minister met with his Moroccan counterpart on Wednesday in Rabat as part of a landmark visit to formalize security cooperation between the two countries.

Israel and Morocco established formal relations last year as part of the US-brokered Abraham Accords.

Abdellatif Loudiyi, the Moroccan defense minister, met with his Israeli counterpart, Benny Gantz, and the two signed a memorandum of understanding that lays the foundation for security cooperation and future arms sales.

"This is very significant, and it will allow us to exchange ideas, enter into joint projects and enable Israeli exports (to Morocco)" Gantz said in a video clip posted on his Twitter account after he met Loudiyi.

Ahead of his meeting with Loudiyi, Gantz paid his respects at the tomb of Mohamed V, the grandfather of the reigning monarch.

Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan signed agreements to normalize relations with Israel in 2020 as part of the diplomatic pacts brokered by the Trump administration known as the Abraham Accords.

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