By Karen Duarte
Rabat – Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan signed several cooperation agreements on Tuesday in a meeting in Abu Dhabi.
The two officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding a standardization and conformity assessment between Morocco’s Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment, and Digital Economy and the Emirati Authority for Standardization and Metrology.
Bourita and Al Nahyan also signed an MoU between Morocco’s Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, and the Emirati Federal Transport Authority-Land & Maritime to mutually recognize certificates that conform to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and its amendments.
Also signed was an executive program to implement media cooperation between the governments of Morocco and the UAE from 2018 to 2020. The officials also signed an MoU on cultural cooperation.
After signing the MoU’s, both officials expressed their happiness. “We are proud of the agreement signed by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) last year to supply sulphur to phosphate producer OCP Morocco,” said Al Nahyan.
Bourita noted that the Moroccan people will remain indebted to the significant roles played by the UAE’s founding father and the late King Hassan II of Morocco in establishing prosperous relations between the countries.
Upon the instructions of King Mohammed VI and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the 5th session of the Morocco-UAE Joint Committee was held during the royal visit to the UAE, on November 11, 2017. Following the 5th session, both officials agreed to signing the several cooperation agreements on Tuesday.