Rabat, January 9, 2012 (MAP)
Rabat, January 9, 2012 (MAP)
Moroccan Foreign Minister Saadeddine El Othamani stressed on Monday the importance of deepening the relations between Morocco and the Arab and African countries, especially at the economic and cultural levels.
It is important to strengthen Morocco’s relations with its partners in order to attract more investment, strengthen bilateral trade and carry out development projects in the service of common interests, said El Othmani during a meeting in Rabat with Arab and African ambassadors accredited to Morocco.
At the meeting, which was attended by Youssef Amrani, Minister Delegate to the Foreign Minister, El Othamani urged the Moroccan diplomacy and all the institutional actors and civil society stakeholders to adopt this course.
The Minister called on to give more flexibility to cooperation mechanisms linking Morocco to the Arab countries and to strengthen political consultation in terms of exchanging views, coordinating positions vis-à-vis the burning issues in the Arab world and to communicate with the diplomatic missions accredited to the kingdom.
He argued that economic integration is a cornerstone of inter-Arab cooperation through the development of the actions of the Arab League so that it would be closer to the people and the adoption of realistic, concrete and solid approaches based on economy, while promoting positive dialogue and commitment to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity.
El Othmani also highlighted Morocco’s commitment to its membership of the Maghreb as a strategic option, recalling the call of HM King Mohammed VI to the establishment of a new Maghreb order.
On the Palestinian issue, he welcomed the Moroccan position consistently in line with the approach of the Arab consensus and Morocco’s strong commitment within the committees of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) concerning the Palestinian issue, including Al-Quds Committee and the Ministerial Committee responsible for monitoring the Arab peace initiative.
During his meeting with African ambassadors, El Othmani said that Africa is a priority for Morocco’s foreign policy and the strategy of the Kingdom in this area reflects the country’s commitment to its origins, welcoming in this regard the quality of those relations which have arisen through the support of African countries of Morocco’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
Morocco will work during his tenure on the Security Council (2012/2013) to defend the interests and aspirations of African countries taking into account the principles of openness and cooperation, he said.
The Minister stressed that the economic and social development of Morocco is linked to the African continent, under the action of the kingdom is based on areas of training of management, technical assistance, and financial, economic and humanitarian cooperation.
Tunisia’s Ambassador, Rafaa Ben Achour, told MAP that the meeting, which was “fraternal and very enriching,” was an opportunity to examine many issues of mutual concern.
He said the meeting also enabled to review the relations between the Maghreb Union with other regional groupings such as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the number of Arab issues, including Palestine, Sudan and Iraq.
Senegal’s Ambassador Amadou Ndiaye Habibou, for his part, welcomed the clarity of the presentation of the Moroccan Minister stating his unwavering available to strengthen relations of cooperation between the Kingdom and African countries.
The Senegalese diplomat noted that this Moroccan commitment once again demonstrates the strong ties of friendship and cooperation between the Kingdom and African countries.