Morocco to participate in Israeli military conference – Military Africa
The Moroccan army confirmed on Monday that its personnel will participate in an international military conference in Israel this week, underlining the strong relationship with Israel.
A military statement said a delegation led by the Inspector General of the Royal Armed Forces, Lt. Gen. Belkhir El-Farouk, is attending the conference in Tel Aviv from September 12-15.
“Participation in this international conference aims to exchange knowledge and expertise between the participating armies,” the statement said.
“It will lay the foundation for solid cooperation in the field of multidimensional defense and military renewal,” he added.
Last week, the Israeli military said dozens of military leaders would attend the conference, including from Arab countries.
In 2020, Israel and Morocco announced the resumption of bilateral diplomatic relations, after their suspension in 2000.
Israel signed a defense pact with Morocco in November last year, as part of plans to advance national security interests with Arab countries that have moved closer to it. Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid visited Morocco in August 2021 for the first visit by Israel’s top diplomat to the country since 2003.
Subsequently, Morocco and representatives of the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering the aeronautical sector as part of the implementation of the December 2020 joint declaration between Morocco and Israel.
Since normalizing relations with Israel, the North African country has acquired defense equipment from Israel worth tens of millions of dollars, according to an IAI year-end report. Morocco will now receive Barak MX air defense systems under a deal worth more than $500 million from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
Rabat is also in talks with Israel to acquire the Delilah cruise missile to equip its existing fleet of F-5 fighters. The Delilah cruise missile system is being developed by Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems. If the contract is concluded, Morocco will be able to accurately hit land and sea targets at a distance of 250 km.