While Israel announced Tuesday the reopening of a diplomatic mission in Morocco, with the arrival of its leader in Rabat 20 years after the closure of its representation, Moroccan diplomat Abderrahim Bayoud could be appointed to Tel Aviv.
“Rabat is expected to appoint in the coming days a representative at the head of his liaison office in Tel Aviv and diplomat Abderrahim Bayoud has every chance of being appointed there,” says Elaph Morocco on Wednesday.
Rabat closed its liaison office in Tel Aviv in 2000, at the beginning of the second intifada (Palestinian uprising).
Abderrahim Bayoud is currently Director of the North America and Caribbean Countries Department at the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to Elaph, he has held several positions including in Washington, London, the Netherlands and New York.
Israel‘s ambassador to Egypt between 2016 and 2020, David Govrin arrived in Rabat as the new Chargé d’affaires, said the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, considering it to be a “day of celebrations for the State of Israel”.
Morocco and Israel signed a US-sponsored resumption agreement in Rabat in December, with bilateral agreements focusing on direct air links, water management, financial system connections and a visa waiver agreement for diplomats.