A historic meeting between the foreign ministers of Morocco and Israel in Rabat. This is the first visit by a senior Jewish state official since relations between Morocco and Israel normalized last year. By the end of Wednesday’s meeting, three agreements had been signed.
“Today we are changing that for the benefit of tourism and economy, trade and cultural exchange, friendship and cooperation. This moment will improve our lives, because that is what peace does. War puts an end to life, while peace cultivates it. “Yair Lapid, said the Israeli foreign minister.
Nasser Bourita and his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid signed agreements on political consultations, aviation and culture.
“To support the dynamic of cooperation, we have created five working groups for promising sectors: research and innovation, tourism and aviation, agriculture, energy and environment, and trade and investment. These groups have held several meetings and have defined goals and recommendations. Nasser Bourita, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs said during his speech.
Morocco was one of four Arab countries – along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan – to agree to normalize relations with Israel last year under deals brokered by the United States.
As part of the deal brokered by the United States led by Donald Trump, Washington recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, where there has been a decades-old territorial dispute with Morocco and the Polisario Front backed by Algeria.