Algeria - Morocco and Algeria are driven on by a joint willingness to move forward towards boosting bilateral relations and launching a new stage in their ties.
Algeria – Morocco and Algeria are driven on by a joint willingness to move forward towards boosting bilateral relations and launching a new stage in their ties.
This willingness was reaffirmed by the Moroccan Foreign Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani and his Algerian counterpart Mourad Medelci during their discussions in Algiers on Monday and Tuesday.
“There is a common will to move forward, and this visit is but the beginning of a process of consultation and cooperation” between the two countries, El Othmani said.
He added that the visit reflects both countries’ will to build on the current regional and international situation to trigger a strong momentum in bilateral relations, consolidate them and extend them to cover other areas and new sectors.
In this regard, the minister insisted that overcoming hurdles to promoting Moroccan-Algeria relations in all fields constitutes “the top priority” for Morocco.
Medelci, for his part, expressed his country’s willingness to push cooperation with Morocco “to its peak” in various fields.
“We are willing in Algeria to push this cooperation (with Morocco) to its peak, and we have recorded in 2011 fruitful initiatives and visits, along with agreements,” Medelci said after talks with El Othmani on Monday.
The two sides agreed to hold, this year, the high joint committee and proposed to encourage meetings between businessmen, companies, MPs and civil society actors towards promoting cooperation and exchanging experiences and know-how.
They decided to meet every six months to assess achievements and set up new programmes.
At the Maghreb level, the two parties agreed to pursue cooperation and consultations to overcome the status quo in the Arab Maghreb Union in order to revitalize its institutions.
The Moroccan minister was received by president Abdelaziz Bouteflika. After the audience he said that the two countries’ future lies in excellent relations and full fraternity.