On Thursday, Israel’s foreign minister Yair Lapid formally inaugurated the nation’s diplomatic representation in Morocco to symbolize the normalization of relationships between the two nations.
The visit to Morocco followed last year’s Abraham Accords that helped Israel normalize relations with the Arab country. The Abraham Accords were struck last year with four Arab states: the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.
Lapid tweeted photographs of himself formally opening the Israeli liaison office in Rabat, the capital, alongside Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Mohcine Jazouli. He then headed to Casablanca, where he visited the Beit El shul.
On the previous day, in the first Israeli official visit since 2003, Lapid met with his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita and presented a letter from Israeli President Isaac Herzog inviting Moroccan King Mohammed VI to visit Israel.
Israel and Morocco also signed an air service agreement and another agreement to cooperate in the fields of culture, sports, and youth activities. They also signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing a political consultation mechanism between their countries’ foreign ministries.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken weighed in on the matter, saying that the United States congratulates Morocco and Israel “on the reopening of the Israeli Liaison Office in Rabat. We will continue to work with Israel and Morocco to strengthen all aspects of our partnerships.”