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Israel’s DM Gantz signs defense memo with Morocco

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A meeting between Morocco's Minister Delegate Abdellatif Loudiyi and Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz in Rabat, Morocco, on November 24, 2021.
Elad MalkaA meeting between Morocco's Minister Delegate Abdellatif Loudiyi and Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz in Rabat, Morocco, on November 24, 2021.

Gantz's visit is intended to focus on defense cooperation between Israel and Morocco

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed a defense memorandum with Minister Delegate Abdellatif Loudiyi, the head of Morocco’s National Defense Administration, in Rabat on Wednesday.

The two parties inked the document at a boardroom within the kingdom’s defense ministry, in the presence of several officials from both Israel and Morocco.

The memo reportedly “lays the foundation for security cooperation, intelligence sharing, and future arms sales” between the two states, according to The Washington Post.

Though the document does not name specific future initiatives, it is the first measure to set the groundwork for Israel’s defense firms to do business with Morocco, Haaretz reported.

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Gantz’s visit is historic in that it is the first official trip by any head of Israel’s defense ministry to Morocco.

Morocco normalized ties with the country last year in an agreement following the Abraham Accords, in which the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain also established diplomatic relations with Israel.

Prior to his meeting with Loudiyi, Gantz visited the tomb of Mohamed V, who is the grandfather of the current king of Morocco, Mohamed VI.

The signing took place during the first half of the minister’s two-day visit to Morocco, which is intended to “formalize” Israel’s defense ties with the kingdom.