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Morocco agrees to normalize ties with Israel, Trump says

Morocco has agreed to normalize ties with Israel, US President Donald Trump tweets on Thursday, making Morocco the fourth Arab country to normalize ties with Israel this year.

“Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco have agreed to full diplomatic relations – a massive breakthrough for peace in the Middle East!”

U.S. President Donald Trump also agreed to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara.

Trump sealed the agreement in a phone call on Thursday with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, a senior U.S. official said.

“They are going reopen their liaison offices in Rabat and Tel Aviv immediately with the intention to open embassies. And they are going to promote economic cooperation between Israeli and Moroccan companies,” White House senior adviser Jared Kushner told Reuters.

He added, “Through this historic step, Morocco is building on its longstanding bond with the Moroccan Jewish community living in Morocco and throughout the world, including in Israel. This is a significant step forward for the people of Israel and Morocco.”

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