Rabat - Morocco is a "key partner for France" and the two countries will be working together on an "equal footing", French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.
Rabat – Morocco is a “key partner for France” and the two countries will be working together on an “equal footing”, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.
“Morocco is a key partner for France and we are willing to work together on an equal footing,” said the French Foreign Minister in an interview with Moroccan French speaking daily Le Matin.
“French Moroccan friendship is not only a necessity but also a great opportunity,” said Fabius, who started on Monday a two-day working visit to Morocco.
Misunderstandings between the two countries are a thing of the past, he said, highlighting the momentum launched in bilateral relations notably following the talks between HM King Mohammed VI and French President François Hollande.
He recalled the resumption of bilateral cooperation in the fields of justice and security with the signing last January of an agreement providing for mutual judicial assistance which “offers propitious conditions for efficient cooperation” between the two countries.
The French official said that his visit aims at turning a new page in French-Moroccan relations.
On economic relations, Fabius said that France remains Morocco’s main economic partner and main source of FDIs with 750 branches of French enterprises operating in the kingdom and generating 120,000 jobs.
During his visit, the French Minister will discuss with Moroccan officials prospects for launch joint projects in fields pertaining particularly to transport, renewable energies and tourism.
The French Minister also expressed his country’s willingness to support Morocco’s south-south cooperation projects in the realms of food security, infrastructure, finance and investments.
As for security, Fabius said that the two countries are committed to cooperating to address the challenges relating to fighting terrorism. In this respect, Fabius praised Morocco for the efforts it has been undertaking for years to promote a tolerant and open interpretation of Islam.
MWN with MAP