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US-Israeli delegation led by Jared Kushner and Meir Ben-Shabbat arrives in Rabat

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The US-Israeli delegation, led by White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and Israel's National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, arrived Tuesday afternoon in Rabat, taking the first direct flight linking Tel Aviv to the Moroccan capital.

At the Rabat airport, the United States Ambassador to Morocco David Fischer welcomed the delegation, expected to seal the Moroccan-Israeli deal brokered by the Trump administration.

Said delegation, which also includes Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Avi Berkowitz, and Adam Boehler the first CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, will be meeting higher officials in the Kingdom. 

It is expected to sign a series of agreements and the first documents of the Moroccan-Israeli normalization deal, which the two country has announced earlier in December.

Ben-Shabbat and Kushner will see Morocco’s King Mohammed VI during the two-day trip, according to Reuters, quoting Israeli officials.

For the record, Morocco announced earlier in December that it had agreed to normalize ties with Israel, in a deal brokered by the United States. The two countries promised to reopen liaison offices and launch direct flights.

Meanwhile, the United States recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara and promised to open a consulate in Dakhla.

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