Rabat - Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita has said that the kingdom is seeking to become Russia’s major Arab and African economic partner.
Rabat – Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita has said that the kingdom is seeking to become Russia’s major Arab and African economic partner.
Bourita co-chaired on Thursday the closing ceremony of the sixth Mixed Moroccan-Russian Commission for Economic, Scientific, and Technological Cooperation in Moscow.
“His Majesty King Mohammed VI is keen on boosting partnership with Russia on all levels. Russia plays an important geo-political and economic role [internationally],” said the minister.
“Morocco aspires to be Russia’s major Arab and African [trading] partner. We are ready to put all our efforts to reach that goal. The kingdom also wants Russia to among the ten major trading partners of Morocco.”
Bourita called for a strengthening of the existing partnership between Rabat and Moscow in agriculture and maritime fishing but pointed to the need of exploring new and promising areas of cooperation such as new technology, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries.
The minister said that Morocco can be a gateway for Russian investors to West Africa as the kingdom enjoys strong political and economic relations with the countries of the region.
Alexander Tkachev, Russia’s agriculture minister, who co-chaired the meeting, said there is potential to make agriculture trade and tourism flux grow threefold.g
“We want more of Moroccan agriculture products in Russia markets,” said Tchakev, who revealed plans to increase the number of Russian tourists to Morocco from 50,000 to 150,000 per year.
The Russian minister also affirmed that Moscow wants to boost its oil and gas exports to Morocco.