Israeli envoy reopens Morocco liaison office after 20 years

David Govrin will build up Israel’s diplomatic presence in the country after normalization, expanding bilateral political, tourism, economic, and cultural ties

Israel’s new chargé d’affaires to Morocco David Govrin (Courtesy)

Israel’s chargé d’affaires to Morocco arrived in the capital city of Rabat on Tuesday, 20 years after Israel closed its liaison office in the North African country.

Dr. David Govrin, who served as Israel’s ambassador to Egypt from 2016 to 2020, will build up Israel’s diplomatic mission in the country, expanding bilateral political, tourism, economic, and cultural ties.

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Israel officially opens embassy in United Arab Emirates with arrival of envoy

Ambassador Eitan Na’eh takes up post in Abu Dhabi, as Emirati cabinet approves opening of mission in Tel Aviv; cabinet approves normalization with Morocco

Eitan Na’eh, the head of Israel’s mission to the UAE, in Abu Dhabi on January 24, 2021. (Foreign Ministry/courtesy)

Israel officially opened its embassy to the United Arab Emirates in the United Arab Emirates Sunday, as Ambassador Eitan Na’eh arrived in Abu Dhabi.

The development came on the same day that the UAE approved the opening of its embassy in Tel Aviv.

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When Israel and Arab nations unite, world should take note, says UN ambassador

 Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan reflected on 2020 and how “Israel’s future looks brighter than ever” in his address on Sunday night at the Zionist Organization of America’s Virtual Superstar Gala.

Erdan, also Israel’s incoming ambassador to the United States, received the ZOA’s Woo KaiSheng Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Diplomacy. In his acceptance speech, he said that while this past year “supplied a fair amount of hate, it also delivered a fair amount of peace.”

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Moroccan delegation due in Israel on Sunday to advance normalization deal

The national flags of Israel and Morocco are projected on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, December 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

A delegation from Morocco will visit Israel this week to work on advancing diplomatic ties, following the countries’ recent agreement to establish full relations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday.

The sides will discuss reopening liaison offices, establishing embassies and launching direct flights between the countries, Netanyahu said in a video statement.

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Netanyahu has ‘friendly’ call with king of Morocco, invites him to visit Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI on Friday for the first time since the two countries agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations earlier this month.

The two leaders congratulated one another on the agreement brokered by US President Donald Trump, which included the White House agreeing to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara region.

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