Israel Launches Direct Flights To Morocco After Normalisation

Passengers from Tel Aviv arrives on an Israeli flight early to be met with dates, cakes and mint tea at a welcoming ceremony organised in their honour.

A second flight, by the Israeli national carrier El Al, landed in Marrakesh later in the day. El Al says it plans five flights per week to Marrakesh and Casablanca.

At a ceremony sending off the El Al flight attended by Moroccan envoy Abderrahim Beyyoudh, Israel’s Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov says the service would boost “trade, tourism and economic cooperation between the countries”, according to an El Al statement.

Morocco was one of four regional states to agree to normalise ties with Israel last year, along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

The move came as the administration of former US president Donald Trump recognised Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, a disputed and divided former Spanish colony.

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