Yesterday, Morocco and Israel signed an unprecedented security cooperation framework agreement, during a historic visit by Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz to the Kingdom. The agreement, signed by Gantz and Minister Delegate in charge of the Moroccan Defense Administration, Abdellatif Loudiyi, outlines security cooperation between the two countries in its various forms, in the face of threats and challenges in the region, according to the Israeli side. It will allow Morocco to easily acquire high-tech Israeli security equipment, in addition to cooperation in operational planning and research and development. The agreement comes a year after the two countries resumed their relationship.
Gantz described the agreement as a very important matter that will enable us to exchange views, launch joint projects, and stimulate Israeli exports to Morocco.
Before being received by his Moroccan counterpart, the Israeli Defense Minister and his accompanying delegation went to the tomb of Mohammed V in Rabat.
Before his plane took off from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, yesterday, Gantz spoke about an important and historic trip to Morocco that bears a historical character, as it is the first official visit by an Israeli defense minister to Morocco.
Yesterday, the Israeli official held talks with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.
The two countries established diplomatic relations following the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1993, before Rabat cut them off in conjunction with the second Palestinian intifada, which began in 2000.
The two countries resumed their relations late last year.