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Israel, Morocco mark 1 year since renewal of diplomatic ties

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita takes part in a virtual meeting with his US and Israeli counterparts, at his office in the capital Rabat, on December 22, 2021. (AFP)
Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita takes part in a virtual meeting with his US and Israeli counterparts, at his office in the capital Rabat, on December 22, 2021. (AFP)

RABAT, Morocco — Morocco, Israel and the United States mark the first anniversary of the US-sponsored resumption of diplomatic relations between the North African kingdom and the Jewish state.

During a videoconference, the foreign ministers of the three countries — Nasser Bourita, Yair Lapid and Antony Blinken — welcome a partnership aimed at establishing what the US secretary of state calls “an achievement that has deepened ties, partnerships, and avenues to pursue shared goals.”

Bourita says Rabat is committed to helping achieve “a lasting peace in the region.”

Morocco renewed official relations with Israel in December last year, two decades after it cut ties with the outbreak of the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising.

The rapprochement came amid a string of normalization deals between Israel and several Arab countries, brokered by the administration of then-US president Donald Trump.

Today, Blinken hails what he calls “a positive step for the region as we aim to widen the circle of peace.”

Bourita also accepts an invitation from Lapid to visit Israel “as soon as possible.”

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