Washington - The strategic dialogue between the United States and Morocco provides a framework that enables both countries promote partnerships so that relations between Washington and Rabat remain always "dynamic", Morocco's Minister of Foreign Affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, said here on Thursday.
Washington – The strategic dialogue between the United States and Morocco provides a framework that enables both countries promote partnerships so that relations between Washington and Rabat remain always “dynamic”, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, said here on Thursday.
Mezouar told MAP, following talks with the US Secretary of State John Kerry, that the meeting was an opportunity to take stock of the current state of relations between the two countries and to highlight the importance of the summit meeting at the White House between HM King Mohammed VI and President Barack Obama, at the end of which a roadmap was developed with commitments from both sides.
“We agreed to meet early next April” in Rabat for the 4th session of the Strategic Dialogue, he said, highlighting the “mutual trust” and “positive spirit” that drive Rabat and Washington as well as the recognition by the US of the role played by Morocco as a “stabilizing factor in the region.”
The minister said that the US laud the role played by the Kingdom in particular in the fields of radicalization, training of imams, human development, food security and energy.
Talks focused also on the COP22 which will be held in Marrakech in November, he added, noting that Kerry said that the United States will work to ensure a successful implementation of the Paris agreement and support the process led by Morocco.
Mezouar also said that he discussed with Kerry the latest developments of the Sahara issue and the new development programs implemented in Morocco’s southern provinces.
“We stressed the need to preserve the spirit of dialogue and consultation, while insisting that the Secretary General of the United Nations must also fulfill his responsibilities and ensure that there is no deviation in the process” ongoing, he said.
Mezouar also said that his talks with Kerry were also an opportunity to take stock of the situation in Libya and commend the “extremely important” role played by Morocco in the political dialogue conducted between different factions.
The minister also had talks with the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, which focused on the situation in the continent.