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Morocco said mulling buying Israeli radar, drones, jets upgrade

Defense Minister Gantz, who was in Rabat to sign MOU on security cooperation with kingdom, says agreement would help both Israel and Morocco fend off 'extremist terror as well as border and air threats'

Reuters |
Published: 11.25.21, 15:04
Morocco has broached buying Israeli-made pilotless planes and anti-missile systems, and commissioning an Israeli upgrade of some of its fighter jets, Israel's public broadcaster Kan reported on Thursday.
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  • The announcement was made hours after the two countries signed a defense pact that included a two-day visit from Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz to Morocco's' capital of Rabat.
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    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems' air defense weapons system
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    Moroccan and Israeli officials had no immediate comment.
    Gantz and his Moroccan counterpart Abdellatif Loudiyi signed a memorandum of understanding that lays the foundation for security cooperation, intelligence sharing, and future arms sales. The two countries established formal relations last year as part of the U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords.
    In an Op-Ed published by two Moroccan dailies, the defense minister said that the agreement would help the countries fend off "extremist terror as well as border and air threats".
    In the same editorial Gantz lauded Israel’s normalization processes with its Muslim neighbors and warned of Iran’s threat to these developments.
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    בני גנץ בביקור מדיני במרוקו עם שר ההגנה המרוקאי עבד אל-לטיף
    בני גנץ בביקור מדיני במרוקו עם שר ההגנה המרוקאי עבד אל-לטיף
    Defense Minister Benny Gantz during his visit to Morocco on Wednesday
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    “This can only be achieved if we stay strong, strengthen our relations with our allies," wrote Gantz.
    "Considering the recent positive developments, I am confident that we will work with our Moroccan friends, and with the leadership of our great ally the United States, to strengthen Israel’s relations with Jordan, Egypt, the members of the Abraham Accords."
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