Morocco, Israel sign first-ever defence agreement

Upon High Royal Instructions, Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Benjamin Gantz, was received on Wednesday in Rabat, by the Minister Delegate to the Head of Government, in charge of the National Defense Administration and by the Lieutenant General, Inspector General of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) and Commander of the Southern Zone.

A statement issued by Royal Armed Forces General Staff said that pursuant to the High Royal Instructions, Abdeltif Loudyi, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the National Defense Administration, received, on Wednesday at the headquarters of this Administration, an important Israeli delegation led by Benjamin Gantz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the State of Israel, on an official visit to Morocco from November 23 to 25.

This visit is part of the cooperation relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the State of Israel, which have seen significant progress since the signing of the tripartite declaration (Morocco-Israel-US) in December 2020, under the chairmanship of HM the King, enshrining the resumption of their diplomatic relations.

The two ministers exchanged views on bilateral and regional issues. In this regard, they highlighted the historical and cultural ties between the two countries and the strong attachment to His Majesty the King of the Jewish community in Morocco and the Moroccan Jewish diaspora in Israel and around the world, enabling them to promote peace and strengthen stability in the Middle East.

At the end of this meeting, the two ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of defense covering exchanges of experience and expertise, technology transfer, training and cooperation in the field of defense industry.

On the same day, leading an important military delegation and in the presence of FAR senior military officials, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz was received by the Lieutenant General, Inspector General of FAR and Commander of the Southern Zone.

During this working meeting, both officials welcomed the dynamics of cooperation between the two countries, carrying mutual interests and auguring a promising collaboration in terms of exchange of expertise in particular in the areas of training, defense capacity building and technology transfer, concluded the statement.

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