Rabat, February 27, 2012 (MAP)
Moroccan-Russian relations are “excellent” and are in constant development, said Russian Ambassador in Rabat, Boris Bolotin.
In an interview with the Moroccan Arabic-speaking daily “Assahra Al Maghribia” published on Monday, Bolotin welcomed the quality of political dialogue between the two countries, marked by the convergence of their viewpoints on various international issues.
Recalling the royal visit in October 2002 by HM King Mohammed VI in Moscow, which was crowned by the signing of several agreements of strategic partnership between the two countries, the Russian diplomat urged both parties to work together to promote this partnership and expand it to other cooperation areas.
Regarding economic relations, Bolotin said his country considers Morocco as a “strategic partner”, noting that the Kingdom ranks third among his country’s trading partners, while Russia is considered a major importer of Moroccan phosphates.
Trade between the two countries reached over $ two billion in 2011, he said.
Politically, Bolotin said that his country keenly follows the Moroccan experience that could serve as a model in the Arab region. He welcomed in this regard the democratic process in Morocco and the reforms initiated by HM the King.