The Jerusalem Post

Boost in Morocco relations with signing of first cyberdefen­se deal


Israel and Morocco have signed their first-ever cyberdefen­se accord in a signal that fledgling official relations between the two countries have continued to advance.

Israel National Cyber Directorat­e Yigal Unna signed the deal this past week in Rabat with his Moroccan counterpar­t Gen. El Mostafa Rabii and Morocco’s Minister Delegate in charge of National Defense

Administra­tion Abdellatif Loudiyi.

The Defense Ministry was also involved in the deal.

“The accord is for operationa­l cooperatio­n, research and developmen­t and the sharing of informatio­n and knowledge,” the Foreign Ministry said.

On Friday, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tweeted that he had “a long and warm conversati­on” with his counterpar­t Nasser Bourita.

“A direct connection between the countries and their peoples, is a top Israeli priority.

“We will continue to work to strengthen relations between the countries by building joint economic, technologi­cal, cultural and tourism collaborat­ions.”

Unna’s visit to Rabat follows that of Foreign Ministry Director-General Alon Ushpiz,

where he met with Bourita and invited him for a first visit to Israel.

Airlines from both countries are also expected to launch direct flights this month.

Israel and Morocco have long held secret ties, but have only held low-level diplomatic ones from 1994-2000.

Last year, the two reestablis­hed ties at a higher level, under the rubric of the Abraham Accords in which the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan also normalized relations with Israel.

The accords were brokered by former US President Donald Trump, but have continued to advance under the Biden administra­tion.

This week, as a sign of its deepening ties with Israel, the UAE opened its first embassy in Tel Aviv. •

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