Rabat - Morocco has formally joined the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), local media reported yesterday.
Rabat – Morocco has formally joined the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), local media reported yesterday.
The Kingdom of Morocco made an official request to join ASEAN on April 28, 2014. Morocco is now the first African and Arab country to join the Treaty.
“Morocco’s accession to the treaty is within the framework of Morocco’s strategic vision aiming at diversifying its partnerships at all levels,” said Moroccan Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.
Morocco was represented at the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits, which is being held in Vientiane, Laos on Sept 6-8, according to daily Le Matin,
In recent years, Morocco has adopted various initiatives aiming at opening up to new political and economic regions and consolidates its strategic partnerships as key pillars of its foreign policy, Bourita added.
In June, Morocco signed a free-trade agreement with China which experts say will create more purchasing power for Moroccans since Chinese goods are less expensive.
Trade agreements are also being negotiated with Russia, India and Brazil.