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Israel and Morocco sign defense memorandum of understanding

Israel and Morocco sign defense memorandum of understanding

TEL AVIV (TASS): Israeli Defense Minister Beni Gantz said that he signed a memorandum of understanding in the defense field with the Moroccan minister-delegate to the head of government for national defense Abdellatif Ludiya on Wednesday in Rabat.
“We have just signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of defense with Morocco. This is a very important event that will allow us to work on joint projects and develop industrial cooperation. Relations between Israel and Morocco should be expanded and strengthened,” the Israeli Defense Ministry said.
“The agreement provides a solid foundation that formalizes defense relations between countries and lays the foundation for future cooperation. This [memorandum] will allow the defense ministries of the two countries to expand cooperation in intelligence, industrial cooperation, military training and more,” the press service said. … “The agreement is a significant step in deepening relations between Israel and Morocco, which already benefit from increased economic cooperation, bilateral tourism and warm relations between peoples,” the Defense Ministry said.
“We have just now signed an agreement for military cooperation — with all that that implies — with the nation of Morocco. This is a highly significant event that will allow us to enter into joint projects and allow Israeli [defense] exports to here. I think the ties between Morocco and Israel need to continue to get closer, to continue to develop and expand, and I am glad that we have a part to play in that,” Gantz said after the signing.
Later on Wednesday, Gantz was also due to meet with Moroccan armed forces chief Abdelfattah Louarak and Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita. On Thursday, the defense minister was scheduled to visit the Talmud Torah synagogue in Rabat before taking off for Israel on Thursday evening.

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