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Lapid lands in Morocco for first visit since Abraham Accords

CM 11/08/2021

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Foreign Minister Yair Lapid landed in Morocco on Wednesday, for the first visit of such a senior Israeli official since diplomatic relations were reestablished last year.
Lapid met with Minister-Delegate to the Foreign Ministry Mohcine Jazouli after landing in Rabat for the two-day visit.
He is also expected to meet Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, and sign several agreements of cooperation between the countries.
In addition, Lapid will inaugurate Israel’s mission in Rabat and visit the Jewish community in Casablanca.

Lapid is the first Israeli foreign minister to visit Morocco since Silvan Shalom, who tried to bring about normalization in 2003.
With him on the trip are Welfare Minister Meir Cohen, who was born in Morocco, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Ram Ben-Barak and Foreign Ministry Director-General Alon Ushpiz, as well as Dr. Inbar Zucker, a senior Health Ministry official. Singer Shimon Buskila, whose parents were born in Morocco and who sings in Moroccan as well as in Hebrew, joined the delegation and plans to perform for the Jewish community.
“I am going to Morocco to represent Israel and dedicate the Israeli mission in Rabat, the capital,” Lapid said on Tuesday. “The historic trip is a continuation of a years-long friendship and a deep connection to the roots and traditions of the Jewish community in Morocco and the large community of Israelis with origins in Morocco.”
Israel and Morocco reopened economic liaison offices in each other’s countries since partial diplomatic relations were renewed in December, but Rabat has yet to agree to full normalization. The countries previously had low-level ties after the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993, which were suspended after the Second Intifada began in 2000. However, relations grew closer in recent years, especially in countering threats from Iran.
In addition, there are about one million Israelis descending from the Moroccan Jewish community, tens of thousands of whom would visit each year.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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