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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz (right) speaks with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi during the Israeli military's "Lethal Arrow" exercise in northern Israel, on Oct. 27, 2020.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz is set to sign a security cooperation agreement with the Moroccan government next week in Rabat.

Gantz is slated to travel to the country for a two-day visit (Nov. 24-25), during which he will meet with his Moroccan counterpart and the country’s foreign minister.


The defense cooperation agreement will reportedly include the development of a local industry to produce loitering munitions, according to Defense News.

Israel Aerospace Industries subsidiary BlueBird Aero Systems Ltd. has been in talks with Moroccan officials for several months on the development of a business incubator to produce the drones, according to the French-language Africa Intelligence news outlet.

Israel and Morocco signed a normalization agreement last December as part of the Abraham Accords, but have had economic, diplomatic and military ties for years.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.