Israeli interior minister visits Morocco as ties strengthen

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Israel's Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked at the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on March 8, 2022.
Yonatan Sindel/Flash90Israel's Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked at the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on March 8, 2022.

Interior Ministry hopes to bring Moroccan workers to work in Israeli construction, nursing sectors

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked arrived in Morocco on Monday for a series of high-level meetings, the fourth Israeli minister to visit as ties between Israel and Morocco continue to warm.

She is set to meet with Moroccan Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, Economy Minister Nadia Fettah and other officials.

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Her ministry said on Sunday that she hopes to secure Moroccan workers to come to Israel to work in construction and nursing.

Morocco said it is also seeking collaboration with Israel on personal data protection.

This comes as Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced they would dissolve the government next week.

Earlier reports of the coalition breaking apart prompted a video message by Shaked, telling Israelis: "Don't believe - it's all nonsense."

Israeli media reports suggested Bennett, the leader of the Yamina party which Shaked is also a part of, did not update her on the development.

In the video clip, she vowed to stay on mission in Morocco, where she will be until Thursday.

According to Lapid, Bourita is expected to visit Israel this summer to officially open Morocco's embassy.

After cutting ties with Israel in 2000, Morocco re-established ties with the Jewish state in December 2020 as part of the Abraham Accords, brokered by former US president Donald Trump.

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