Israel reopens diplomatic mission in Morocco

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, the two countries resumed relations last month.

Israels ambassador to Egypt between 2016 and 2020, David Govrin arrived in Rabat Tuesday as the new Chargรฉ daffaires, said the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, considering it to be a โ€œday of celebrations for the State of Israelโ€.

โ€œDavid Govrin and his team will work to continue bilateral relations in all areas, including everything related to political dialogue, tourism, the economy and cultural ties,โ€ the ministrys statement continues.

In December, the two countries signed a US-sponsored resumption agreement in Rabat, with bilateral agreements focusing on direct air connections, water management, financial system connections and a visa waiver agreement for diplomats.

The Israeli government officially approved this agreement on Sunday, which must also get the green light from MEPs.

Rabat closed its liaison office in Tel Aviv in 2000, at the beginning of the second intifada (Palestinian uprising).

Morocco is home to the largest Jewish community in North Africa, with some 3,000 people. About 700,000 Jews of Moroccan origin live in Israel.

Israeli diplomacy also announced the opening of the Israeli Consulate General in Dubai on Tuesday, with the arrival of diplomat Ilan Sztulman in the Emirates.

โ€œThis is an important day for peace and an exciting day for the implementation of our agreements with the Emirates and Morocco,โ€ said Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazy.

Israel announced Sunday the opening of an embassy in the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi, a little more than four months after the signing of the normalization agreement with the Arab Gulf monarchy.

By CCEit (with AFP)