(Casablanca) Israel and Morocco agreed to open two mutual embassies within “a few months”, the head of Israeli diplomacy announced, Thursday, after his first visit to the kingdom since the normalization of relations between the two countries.
“This morning, with Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, we have decided to open two embassies in Jerusalem and Morocco within a few months,” Yair Lapid said at a press conference in Casablanca (Central-West).
Morocco was the fourth Arab country – after the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan – to normalize its relations with Israel in 2020 with the impetus of the United States, in exchange for American recognition of its “sovereignty” over the disputed territories in Western Sahara. .
Mr. Lapid welcomed, once again, standardization agreements with Arab countries, indicating that other countries would follow this path without mentioning them, and announced the imminent opening of an Israeli embassy in Bahrain.
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Mr. Bourita said that he spoke on Wednesday about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with his Israeli counterpart, stressing the necessity of “resuming negotiations” in order to “reach a two-state solution.”
On the other hand, Yair Lapid confirmed that he discussed with his Moroccan counterpart “their concerns about the role played by Algeria in the region, its rapprochement with Iran and the campaign it is waging against accepting ‘Israel as an observer member of the African Union’.”
Earlier today, the Israeli minister opened a liaison office in Rabat before taking the road to Casablanca where he visited one of the most emblematic temples in the city of Beit El.
The Moroccan Jewish community is the largest in North Africa (about 3,000 people) and about 700,000 Israelis of Moroccan descent often maintain strong ties with their country of origin.
During this visit, a letter from Israeli President Isaac Herzog, inviting King Mohammed VI of Morocco to visit Israel, was delivered to the head of Moroccan diplomacy.
The former Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, also invited the king at the end of 2020, an invitation that has remained unanswered.
The United States congratulated “Morocco and Israel for reopening the Israeli Liaison Office in Rabat,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken wrote.
On Wednesday, on the first day of Mr. Lapid’s “historic” trip, agreements on political consultations, culture and aviation were signed.
The two countries maintained official relations between 1993 and 2000, when the second intifada broke out in the Palestinian territories against Israeli occupation.
The Palestinians denounced the normalization agreements between Israel and the Arab countries, describing them as “treason.”
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