Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz arrives in Morocco on Tuesday with the aim of strengthening security cooperation between the two countries, a year after the normalization of their relations, during a visit which is the first of its kind, and coincides with the tensions between Rabat and Algeria over the Sahara conflict.
Morocco has already received an Israeli security adviser and the Hebrew foreign minister since relations between the two countries resumed last year, but this is the first time an Israeli defense minister has officially visited the kingdom.
On Tuesday evening, Gantz will leave Tel Aviv for Morocco, where he is expected to sign an agreement that “outlines the contours of military cooperation between the two countries,” according to his office, and will leave the kingdom on Thursday.
The visit aims to “lay the foundation stone for the establishment of future security relations between Israel and Morocco,” said an Israeli official, adding: “We have had some cooperation, but we will formalize it now. This is a public announcement of our partnership”.