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Moroccan team in Israel to set up liaison office: Source

Four bilateral deals were signed between Israel and Morocco, centring on direct air links, water management, connecting financial systems and a visa waiver arrangement for diplomats

AFP , Monday 28 Dec 2020
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In this photo released by the Royal Palace, Morocco's King Mohammed VI, center flanked by the Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan 3 rd right sitw with Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, 2nd left and Meir Ben Shabbat, National Security Advisor of the 'State of Israel as Morocco's Primer Saad Eddine El Othmani 2nd right and Senior king adviser Fouad Ali Al Hima, right look on at the king's palace in Rabat, Morocco, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 AP
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Moroccan officials are laying the groundwork for the opening of a liaison office in Israel, a source familiar with the topic told AFP on Monday.

The Moroccan "technical" team landed on Sunday, days after the North African kingdom and Israel signed a US-sponsored normalisation agreement in Rabat, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The team was expected to remain in the country for a few days and would be followed at a later date by a larger delegation, the source added, without providing further details.

Morocco is the third Arab nation this year to normalise ties with Israel under US-brokered deals, while Sudan has pledged to follow suit.

Four bilateral deals were signed between Israel and Morocco, centring on direct air links, water management, connecting financial systems and a visa waiver arrangement for diplomats.

The countries are also due to reopen diplomatic offices.

On Friday, the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had invited Morocco's King Mohammed VI for a visit during a phone call.

Morocco closed its liaison office in Tel Aviv in 2000, at the start of the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising.

The kingdom has North Africa's largest Jewish community of about 3,000 people, and Israel is home to 700,000 Jews of Moroccan origin.

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