Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz arrived in Rabat last night for a two-day official visit where he is expected to sign several security agreements with Moroccan officials.
In the first stage of the strategic partnership between Morocco and Israel, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed a memorandum of understanding this morning on Wednesday with his counterpart Abdellatif Loudiyi, Minister Delegate in charge of the National Defense Administration . The Israeli minister met the Deputy Minister in charge of the National Defense Administration Abdellatif Loudiyi with whom he signed a memorandum of understanding. This is the first security agreement signed by an Israeli official with the Kingdom, with the aim of strengthening defense relations between the two countries.
A spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Ministry said that “ Morocco and Israel on Wednesday signed a defense memorandum in Rabat, which paves the way for potential military sales and cooperation after the two countries strengthened diplomatic ties last year “, Continuing that” the two sides agreed to formalize security cooperation in a memorandum of understanding that provides for the creation of a joint commission in areas such as intelligence sharing, research and joint military training ”. The source concluded by specifying that ” the signed agreement does not stipulate specific agreements, but it allows Israeli defense companies to do business with Morocco “.
Benny Gantz subsequently met with the inspector general of the FAR, the general of the army corps, Belkhir El Farouk, before meeting around a lunch with Abdellatif Loudiyi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and several senior FAR officials. Before his departure from Tel Aviv, the Israeli Minister of Defense had mentioned: ” an important trip to Morocco which has a historical touch as it is the first formal visit by a Minister of Defense (Israeli) in this country . We will sign cooperation agreements and continue to strengthen our relations. It is very important that this trip is a success ”. The Israeli official is expected to meet, according to what was reported by the Israeli press, a number of prominent figures in Morocco, including the Director General of National Security, Abdellatif Hammouchi.