New York (UN), September 22, 2011 (MAP)Morocco has called for the Agadir Agreement to be reinforced and extended to cover the political dimension.The call was made by Moroccan Foreign Minister Taib Fassi Fihri on Tuesday in New York, on the sidelines of ministerial conference of the "Deauville Partnership".
The call was made by Moroccan Foreign Minister Taib Fassi Fihri on Tuesday in New York, on the sidelines of ministerial conference of the “Deauville Partnership”.
The Agreement, which came into effect on July 6, 2006, aims at setting up a free trade agreement between four Arab countries: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. It seeks to boost trade between the signatories of the Agreement and the EU countries.
Morocco, which initiated the Agadir Agreement, proposed that the Agreement go beyond its strictly commercial nature to include the two pillars of the Deauville Partnership and seek to achieve both economic development and political reforms, Fassi Fihri said during a press conference after the ministerial conference.
Morocco also took the opportunity to call on new Libya to join the Agadir agreement and pleaded for the “emergence of a Great Maghreb”.
Launched by the G8 last May in Deauville, West of France, the new long-term partnership aims at supporting change in “Arab Spring” countries.