Netanyahu invites Moroccan king to visit Israel: statement

Netanyahu invites Moroccan king to visit Israel: statement

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Jerusalem: Netanyahu’s office said on Friday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a telephone conversation with King Mohammed VI of Morocco, and the Prime Minister of Israel invited the king to visit.

The Israeli delegation made a phone call three days after Rabat and Morocco signed a normalization agreement sponsored by the United States.

“The leaders congratulated each other over the renewal of ties between the countries, the signing of the joint statement with the US, and the agreements between the two countries,” a statement from Netanyahu s office said.

“In addition, the processes and mechanisms to implement the agreements were determined,” it added.

The North African country is the third Arab nation this year to normalise ties with the Jewish state under US-brokered deals, while Sudan has pledged to follow suit.

The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that Netanyahu invited King Mohammed VI to visit Israel in a “warm and friendly” conversation.

The statement of the Royal Cabinet of Morocco confirmed Friday’s telephone conversation, but did not mention Netanyahu’s invitation.

King Mohammed VI, the statement said, “recalled the strong and special links between the Jewish community of Moroccan origin and the Moroccan monarchy”.

He also “restated the coherent, steadfast and unchanged position of the kingdom of Morocco on the Palestinian issue,” it said.

The King of Morocco also welcomed the “restart of the cooperation mechanism” with Israel.

Israel and Morocco signed four bilateral agreements on Tuesday, focusing on direct air links, water management, connectivity to the financial system and visa exemption arrangements for diplomats.

Israel and Morocco will also reopen their diplomatic institutions.

Morocco closed its liaison office in Tel Aviv in 2000, at the start of the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising.

Morocco has North Africa s largest Jewish community of about 3,000 people, and Israel is home to 700,000 Jews of Moroccan origin.

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