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Nov 25, 2021

Israel, Morocco sign first-ever defense MOU

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Defense Minister Benny Gantz, right, with his Moroccan counterpart Abdellatif Loudiyi, after signing a memorandum of understanding between the two countries at the Moroccan Defense Ministry in Rabat on November 24, 2021. (Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz, right, with his Moroccan counterpart Abdellatif Loudiyi, after signing a memorandum of understanding between the two countries at the Moroccan Defense Ministry in Rabat on November 24, 2021. (Defense Ministry)

Israel and Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on November 24. This is the first ever document signed between Israel and an Arab nation.

The agreement formalized the defense ties between the two countries, allowing for smoother cooperation between their defense establishments and making it easier for Israel to sell arms to the North African kingdom.

With the signing of the MOU, the two countries’ defense ministries and militaries can more easily speak with one another and share intelligence which was restricted through their respective intelligence services in the past.

Israel also maintains close security ties with Jordan and Egypt but has not signed an official security pact yet.

Israeli minister Gantz arrived at Rabat the Moroccan capital on Tuesday night for the first official visit by an Israeli defense minister to the country, after the two normalized ties last year.

During his Morocco visit Israeli defense minister will meet various Moroccan high-level govt. officers.