Israel ‘formalising’ defence ties with Morocco

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Israel’s Defence Minister Benny Gantz heads Tuesday to Morocco on a visit that will “formalise” cooperation between the two countries, officials say, at a time when Rabat is embroiled in a standoff over Western Sahara. The two-day trip comes less than a year after Morocco normalised ties with Israel in a deal brokered by former US president Donald Trump’s administration. In return, Washington recognised the North African kingdom’s sovereignty over the disputed territory of Western Sahara. Gantz, the first Israeli defence minister to make an official visit to Morocco, will sign “a memorandum of…

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