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Morocco buys Israeli defense system

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AA / Jerusalem

Morocco signed an agreement with Israel on Thursday for the acquisition of Israeli drones and advanced weapon systems.

In a written statement sent to the Anadolu Agency, the Israeli Defense Ministry said: “As part of his visit to Morocco, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Moroccan Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in charge of National Defense, Abdellatif Loudiyi, signed a memorandum of understanding on defense “.

“The agreement offers a solid framework which, among other things, formalizes the defense relations between the two countries and lays the foundations for any future cooperation,” he added.

According to him, the agreement will also allow the defense organizations of the two countries to benefit from increased collaboration in the fields of intelligence, industrial cooperation and military training.

Israel’s defense ministry noted that the agreement “represents an important step forward for deepening relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco, which experience increased economic cooperation, bilateral tourism and close-knit relations.”

It should be noted that this is the second agreement, signed by Israel and Morocco, during the visit of Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz to Rabat, which began on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Israel’s defense ministry said Gantz and Loudiyi signed “a historic defense memorandum of understanding,” in the areas of intelligence, industrial cooperation and military training.

Gantz arrived in Rabat on Tuesday evening, as part of a visit that will continue until Thursday. The first official visit of an Israeli defense minister to the Kingdom of Morocco.

Late last year, Israel and Morocco announced the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries after their suspension in 2002.

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Since then, an Israeli embassy has been opened in Rabat, during a visit by Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to Morocco last August. The Moroccan liaison office in Tel Aviv has also been reopened, and a direct air link between the two countries has been put into service.

* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni


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