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Morocco, Israel ink deal on business ties

Morocco's Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita speaks upon the arrival of the US Presidential advisor and Israeli National Security Advisor at the Royal Palace in the Moroccan capital Rabat on December 22, 2020, on the first Israel-Morocco direct commercial flight, marking the latest US-brokered diplomatic normalisation deal between the Jewish state and an Arab country. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)
Morocco's Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita speaks upon the arrival of Israeli National Security Advisor at the Royal Palace in the Moroccan capital Rabat on December 22, 2020 [FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images]

Morocco and Israel yesterday signed a strategic partnership pact to strengthen economic and commercial relations between the countries' business sectors, according to local media.

The partnership aims to create harmony between active business communities in the main sectors and ensure a lasting open dialogue between relevant Moroccan and Israeli institutions, the Moroccan News Agency reported.

The move follows December's controversial announcement that Israel and Morocco agreed to full diplomatic ties, making Morocco the fourth Muslim-majority nation to do so last year, following the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

The deals have drawn widespread condemnation from Palestinians, who say the accords ignore their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.

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