Brussels - Morocco and the European Union are closely cooperating in matters of peace, security and conflict settlement in Africa in order to guarantee the continent's stability, said Michael Mann, spokesperson of the EU's high representative for foreign affairs and cooperation and security policy, Catherine Ashton.
Brussels – Morocco and the European Union are closely cooperating in matters of peace, security and conflict settlement in Africa in order to guarantee the continent’s stability, said Michael Mann, spokesperson of the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and cooperation and security policy, Catherine Ashton.
“Cooperation between Morocco and the European Union is very close in matters of peace, security and conflict resolution, because this is a pre-requisite for stability in the region,” he told MAP as Brussels is hosting this April 2-3 the 4th EU-Africa summit.
He also called for greater involvement of influential actors -regional organizations and countries directly or indirectly concerned to take on challenges associated with these problems, stressing that the EU is encouraging Morocco in its efforts to promote sustainable development in Africa.
Through its African policy, Morocco is playing a major role for better cooperation, particularly in the Sahel region and West African countries, insisting that “development and security are the core of essential problems in the region.”
Regarding tri-partite cooperation, in which Morocco is playing a pioneer part in Africa, the EU official noted that the Union encourages tripartite cooperation programs when all conditions are gathered, stressing that Morocco boasts important assets and expertise in this field.
Mann further underscored that the Africa-EU summit will seek to give to partnership between the two continents a new strategic dimension through consolidated partnership and deepened cooperation.
“This new partnership will be based on Euro-African consensus on some shared interests values and joined strategic objectives,” he said.
Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, is representing King Mohammed VI in the EU-Africa summit held on April 2-3 in Brussels.
This major meeting, themed “Investing in people for prosperity and peace,” is held in the presence of representatives from the European Union and African countries.