Israel to formalise defence ties with Morocco on minister’s visit

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Israel’s Defence Minister Benny Gantz is headed to Morocco to “formalise” security cooperation between the two countries.


The two-day trip, beginning on Tuesday, comes less than a year after Morocco normalised ties with Israel in a deal brokered by former US President Donald Trump’s administration.

In return, Washington recognised the North African kingdom’s sovereignty over the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

Gantz, the first Israeli defence minister to make an official visit to Morocco, will sign “a memorandum of understanding that will outline defence cooperation between the two countries”, his office said.

The trip aims to “set the foundation for all future security cooperation between Israel and Morocco”, said a source familiar with the visit.

“Until now there has been some level of cooperation, this truly formalises it,” the source said.

Morocco controls most of Western Sahara and considers the former Spanish colony as its sovereign territory.

Tensions have flared between Morocco and Algeria, which backs Western Sahara’s Polisario Front independence movement.


Algeria cut diplomatic ties with Morocco in August citing “hostile actions” – an accusation denied by Rabat.

Earlier this month, Algiers accused Morocco of killing three Algerian civilians on a desert highway, raising fears of an escalation.

Polisario head Brahim Ghali said last week the movement has decided to step up military operations.



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Israel to formalise defence ties with Morocco on minister’s visit

2021/11/1637660429.jpg
Read: 740     13:39     23 November 2021    

Israel’s Defence Minister Benny Gantz is headed to Morocco to “formalise” security cooperation between the two countries.


The two-day trip, beginning on Tuesday, comes less than a year after Morocco normalised ties with Israel in a deal brokered by former US President Donald Trump’s administration.

In return, Washington recognised the North African kingdom’s sovereignty over the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

Gantz, the first Israeli defence minister to make an official visit to Morocco, will sign “a memorandum of understanding that will outline defence cooperation between the two countries”, his office said.

The trip aims to “set the foundation for all future security cooperation between Israel and Morocco”, said a source familiar with the visit.

“Until now there has been some level of cooperation, this truly formalises it,” the source said.

Morocco controls most of Western Sahara and considers the former Spanish colony as its sovereign territory.

Tensions have flared between Morocco and Algeria, which backs Western Sahara’s Polisario Front independence movement.


Algeria cut diplomatic ties with Morocco in August citing “hostile actions” – an accusation denied by Rabat.

Earlier this month, Algiers accused Morocco of killing three Algerian civilians on a desert highway, raising fears of an escalation.

Polisario head Brahim Ghali said last week the movement has decided to step up military operations.



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