The Muslim nation of Morocco reportedly will be transforming the liaison office it maintains in Tel Aviv into its embassy in the Jewish state, according to a report from Morocco World News and other media outlets. The decision to normalize relations at the end of 2020 was announced in a statement by King Mohammed VI (pictured; see quote below). In another sign of warming relations, Israeli airlines El Al and Israir have begun flying between Tel Aviv and Marrakesh. Although Morocco and Israel originally established relations in 1994, they were severed six years later.
Quote: “King Mohammed VI announced the move in a public statement, emphasizing the country’s attachment to its Jewish heritage and its longstanding history of tolerance and interfaith dialogue. The declaration acknowledges Morocco’s role in ensuring stability and peace in the region, recalling the special ties King Mohammed VI maintains with the Moroccan Jewish community across the world, including in Israel.”
Sources: Wikipedia (introduction), Morocco World News (quotations)
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