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Lapid set to visit Morocco Wednesday, in first trip by Israeli FM since 2003

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Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will take off for Morocco on Wednesday for a two-day official visit, the first by Israel’s top diplomat since 2003.

Lapid will officially open up the Israeli Liaison Office in Rabat, and will meet with his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita.

He will also spend time in Casablanca with the local Jewish community.

Joining Lapid will be Welfare Minister Meir Cohen, born in Essaouira, Morocco; Foreign Ministry Director-General Alon Ushpiz; Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Ram Ben Barak; and senior Health Ministry official Inbar Zucker.

The Times of Israel will be covering the trip from Morocco.

“This historic visit is a continuation of the long-standing friendship and deep roots and traditions that the Jewish community in Morocco, and the large community of Israelis with origins in Morocco, have,” said Lapid in a statement.

“It will be a moment for political and economic activity, and we will continue to work towards agreements that will bring innovation and opportunity to our countries.”

David Levy visited Morocco as foreign minister in December 1999, as did Silvan Shalom in 2003, after Israel’s diplomatic mission had been closed with the outbreak of the Second Intifada.

Experts saw opportunities for Lapid to improve not only bilateral ties but also its regional standing.

“An emphasis on regional and multi-regional opportunities offered by improved Israel-Morocco relations could help upgrade ties into full ambassadorial-level diplomatic relations and inject new substance into the developing ties,” said Nimrod Goren,........

© The Times of Israel

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