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Israeli Foreign Minister Yaïr Lapid expected in Morocco next week

Israel’s Foreign Minister Yaïr Lapid is expected in Morocco on August 11 and 12 as part of an official visit.

Yaïr Lapid announced last week that he would visit Morocco soon, a first since relations between the two countries normalized.

This first official visit will take place just over two weeks after the launch of direct commercial airlines between Israel and Morocco.

A first direct flight carrying Israeli officials was operated in December 2020 between Tel Aviv and Rabat and bilateral agreements were signed in the wake, including in particular economic cooperation.

Morocco’s Jewish community is the largest in North Africa (around 3,000 people), and some 700,000 Israelis of Moroccan descent have often maintained very strong ties to their country of origin.

Morocco is the fourth Arab country to have announced in 2020 the normalization of its relations with Israel, after the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

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