Israel recalls Morocco envoy amid sexual misconduct allegations

AFP , Thursday 8 Sep 2022

Israel has recalled its top envoy to Morocco amid an internal investigation, a diplomatic source told AFP Thursday, amid media reports that it was tied to allegations of sexual misconduct.

The head of the Israeli diplomatic delegation David Govrin (R), hanging a mezuzah (doorpost) on the
The head of the Israeli diplomatic delegation David Govrin (R), hanging a mezuzah (doorpost) on the door of the new Israeli liason office, as alternate prime minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (L) looks on, during an inaugural ceremony in the capital Rabat, 11, 2021. (Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs/AFP)

 

Israeli public broadcaster Kan reported Monday that a foreign ministry delegation had been dispatched to Rabat, following sexual abuse allegations against envoy David Govrin.

An Israeli diplomatic source confirmed to AFP that Govrin had been recalled while an investigation gets underway, without detailing the nature of the probe.

According to Israeli media, the envoy is facing allegations of exploiting women, sexual harassment and indecent exposure.

There are also claims of embezzlement and the apparent disappearance of a gift from the Moroccan monarch.

Israel's foreign ministry did not comment when contacted by AFP about the probe.

Govrin, 59, served as Israel's envoy to Cairo before being appointed ambassador to Rabat last year.

Morocco in 2020 formalised ties with Israel.

The US-backed deal saw Washington recognise Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara territory.

The renewal of bilateral ties has seen a flurry of diplomatic visits between the two nations.

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