Amir Ohana
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Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana is expected to take off on Wednesday for a historic visit to the Moroccan Parliament at the invitation of Parliament President Rachid Talbi El Alami.

This visit is considered significant due to the fact that it marks the first time a Knesset Speaker has been officially invited to by the head of a Muslim country.

As part of the visit, Ohana and his Moroccan counterpart will sign an official memorandum of understanding, the purpose of which is to develop inter-parliamentary cooperation to strengthen relations between the two states.

In addition, Ohana is expected to meet senior Moroccan officials as well as heads of the local Jewish community.

"This visit has been made possible thanks to the groundbreaking leadership of King Mohammed VI of Morocco," said Ohana. "The dream of peace with the Islamic world has been beating in our hearts since time immemorial, and how appropriate that of all these countries - the Kingdom of Morocco is the first to invite one of the symbols of government and the head of the legislative authority of the State of Israel." "Coincidentally, [I am] also the first Moroccan Jew to hold this position," he added.

According to Ohana, "History is unfolding before our eyes and heralding the strengthening of relations between the two countries, a rapprochement between the peoples, and the expansion of the circle of peace."

Morocco renewed its official relations with Israel amid a string of normalization deals between Israel and Arab countries, brokered by the Trump administration in late 2020.

Since that time, several top Israeli officials have visited Morocco, including former Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and former Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

It was recently announced that Foreign Minister Eli Cohen and US officials are working to convene the Negev Forum next month, this time in Morocco.