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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Wednesday that an official invitation had been extended to his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, for a possible visit to Tel Aviv.
On Twitter Lapid wrote: “ The Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alon Ushpiz, sent, on my behalf, a letter to Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, inviting him to pay an official visit, the first in its kind for a Moroccan foreign minister in Israel. ”
On Tuesday, an Israeli delegation led by Ushpiz began a visit to Morocco to discuss ways to strengthen relations between the two sides.
Lapid said that “the resumption of full diplomatic relations between Israel and Morocco, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, is a historic step in relations between the two peoples”.
He expressed his aspiration to “strengthen political relations between Israel and Morocco, and to build economic, technological, cultural and tourist cooperation between the two countries”.
“The launch of direct flights between the two countries, expected in a few weeks, will strengthen relations between the two countries and boost their tourism sector,” he added.
The Israeli minister did not mention the date of the visit, although there was no immediate comment from Moroccan authorities on it, until 8:00 p.m. (GMT).
However, the official Israeli channel Kan reported that Bourita’s visit to Israel will take place after the launch of the first direct flights between the two countries at the end of July.
In the same context, the official Moroccan news agency reported that the director general of the Israeli foreign ministry discussed bilateral relations with his Moroccan counterpart, Fouad Yazough, on Wednesday in Rabat.
The two parties also discussed “ways to consolidate cooperation in the political, economic, cultural and humanitarian fields, in accordance with the tripartite agreement signed between Morocco, the United States and Israel”.
The agency also said that the Israeli delegation had discussed with Moroccan officials “global challenges relating to the fight against terrorism, global warming and sustainable development”.
The Israeli delegation also held talks with “government institutions and the business sector as well as the private sector, on bilateral and tripartite economic opportunities,” according to the same source.
On December 10, Israel and Morocco announced the resumption of diplomatic relations between them, after their split in 2000.
Morocco thus became the fourth Arab country to proceed with normalization with Israel in 2020, after the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.
* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni
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