Abderrahim Beyyoudh, new head of Moroccan liaison office in Israel arrives in Tel Aviv

From left to right: Lior Ben Dor, Director of the Department for Maghreb at the MFA; Abderrahim Beyyoud, Head of the Moroccan Liaison Office in Israel; and Gil Haskel, Head of Protocol. / Ph. Israeli Foreign Ministry
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Morocco has named Abderrahim Beyyoudh to head its liaison office in Tel Aviv. On Tuesday, the diplomat landed at the Ben-Gurion airport, Times of Israel reports.

The head of Morocco’s diplomatic mission met, on his arrival, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. He «told Ashkenazi that he was extremely happy when he was told of his appointment by Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita» and «pledged to advance the ties between the two countries», the same source added.

Ashkenazi wished the Moroccan diplomat luck in his mission of developing bilateral ties, according to a statement by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Also on Tuesday, David Govrin, head of the Israeli liaison office in Rabat, met for the first time with Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita. «Govrin is likely to become Israel’s ambassador to Morocco should full diplomatic ties be established. Initially, Morocco and Israel will maintain liaison offices in one another’s countries, but plan to establish full embassies in the future», the same source reported.

For the record, Nasser Bourita and Gabi Ashkenazi had a phone call for the first time last Tuesday. «We agreed to work together to rapidly implement the agreements between Morocco and Israel», Ashkenazi said in a tweet. «We also discussed increasing bilateral cooperation as well as wider regional issues», he added.

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