Morocco latest country to normalise ties with Israel

Morocco latest country to normalise ties with Israel
King Mohammed VI of Morocco (L) and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Morocco normalised ties with Israel and has become the latest Arab League country to agree to normalise relations with Israel in a deal brokered with US help.

As part of the deal, the United States has agreed to recognise Morocco’s claim over the disputed Western Sahara region.

It is the subject of a dispute between the Algeria-backed Polisario Front and Morocco.,

Polisario Front has been seeking to establish an independent state.

Since August, Morocco is the fourth state to make such a deal with Israel.

Agreements have also been struck recently with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Sudan.

Along with Jordan and Egypt, Morocco becomes the sixth Arab League member to normalise ties with Israel.

US President Donald Trump announced the agreement on Thursday.

President Trump tweeted: “Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco have agreed to full diplomatic relations – a massive breakthrough for peace in the Middle East!”

The White House said the US President and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI had agreed that Morocco would “resume diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel and expand economic and cultural co-operation to advance regional stability”.

The deal includes the reopening of liaison offices in Tel Aviv and Rabat – which were shut in 2000 when low-level relations broke down after the outbreak of the Palestinian uprising – and the eventual opening of embassies.
Officials said Morocco would allow direct flights to and from Israel for all Israelis.

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