Israel’s Cabinet approves diplomatic relations with Morocco

Israel’s Cabinet approves diplomatic relations with Morocco

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IslamNews -The agreement calls for “diplomatic, peaceful and friendly relations” between the two governments.

Israel’s Cabinet on Sunday gave the green light for normalization with Morocco in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called “a historic moment.”

“Together we are advancing direct flights between the countries,” Netanyahu said. “It will happen soon — economic, trade, technological cooperation and the opening of missions in both countries.”

The agreement, which calls for Israel to “resume full official contacts between Israeli and Moroccan counterparts and establish full diplomatic, peaceful and friendly relations,” passed unanimously in the Cabinet. It still requires a vote in the parliament and then final approval by the Israeli government.

Morocco is the latest Arab country to establish ties with Israel this year, after Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Sudan. As part of the Trump administration-brokered deal in December, the United States recognized Morocco’s contested claim over the Western Sahara region.

Both Israel and Morocco are framing the agreement as a resumption of ties. Rabat severed relations after the second Palestinian intifada in 2000, and the two countries shuttered their respective diplomatic missions.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced it will open a liaison office in Rabat in the coming days, and the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry said Morocco and Israel will soon sign a deal outlining trade and economic cooperation.

Source: Middle East