On Thursday, Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated the country’s diplomatic representation in Morocco. It was a symbol of normalization of the relations between the two nations. The deal comes less than a year after the two nations established formal ties under the U.S. broke “Abraham Accords”.
The two-day visit by Lapid was the first to the country by the Israeli minister since 2003. He opened the Israeli liaison office in Rabat and shared the picture of him formally opening it from his Twitter account. Lapid met the Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita where both the countries signed an air service agreement. The agreement to cooperate in the fields of culture, sports, and youth was also signed. A memorandum of understanding on the establishment of a political consultation mechanism between the two nations has also been signed by the foreign minister. During Lapid’s visit it appeared to fit into the wider design of face-to-face diplomacy.
Last year the Abraham Accords were struck with four Arab states, The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco. The Palestinians have rejected the agreement of the long-held belief that Israel could not normalize relations with the broader Arab world without progress in resolving its decade-old conflict with them.