Wednesday, January 20, 2021

(JNS) A joint Israeli-American delegation met with senior officials in Morocco this week, as part of a move to normalize relations between Israel and Morocco.

Israel’s National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, senior adviser to the U.S. president Jared Kushner and Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita signed a trilateral declaration that included an obligation to “resume full official contacts between Israeli and Moroccan counterparts” by the end of next month.

Both countries will move immediately to reopen diplomatic offices and activate economic cooperation. The United States and Morocco also signed two memoranda of understanding, with a promised U.S. investment of $4 billion in the country. Kushner also promised that the U.S. would open a consulate in Dakhla in Western Sahara. The U.S. also recognized Morocco’s claims over the disputed territory.