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Israel hails Morocco for joining karate contest

March 7, 2022 at 8:51 am

The Moroccan karate team participates in a tournament with the Israeli karate team, on 6 March 2022 [IsraelArabic/Twitter]

Israel yesterday celebrated the first Moroccan participation in a karate tournament, in which Israel is also participating.

“For the first time, the Moroccan karate team is participating in the tournament with the Israeli national team,” official Israel Arabic said on Twitter, adding that Rabat’s participation was “consolidating peace in the hearts of young Moroccan people through sports.”

The Moroccan participation comes nearly a year and a half after its normalisation agreement with Israel.

The Israeli foreign ministry-run account pointed out that teams from the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine and Italy were also taking part in the contest.

On 19 December 2020, Morocco and Israel signed the so-called Abraham Peace agreement, normalising relations between the two countries. In return the US recognised Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara.

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