Rabat - The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is expected to pay a working visit to Morocco.
Rabat – The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is expected to pay a working visit to Morocco.
Maghreb Confidentiel reported yesterday that the French president’s Moroccan visit is underpinned by the two countries’ desire to uphold diplomatic cooperation and cement their historical friendship.
According to the newspaper, Macron agreed to a prospective visit to Morocco after King Mohammed VI invited him to the launch of the kingdom’s first high-speed train, an ongoing project expected to be completed in November.
Morocco’s high-speed train project entered the pre-operation phase in June, and total completion was scheduled towards the end of the year. Although no details have yet been announced about the specific date and the schedule for Macron’s visit, Moroccan authorities are reported to have already prepared to host their French guest.
While the immediate reason for the French president’s visit is to honor King Mohammed VI’s invitation, the two leaders are also expected to discuss a range of critical issues in their bilateral ties.
In the context of massive human movements, especially irregular migrants to EU countries, President Macron and King Mohammed VI are particularly expected to discuss the common security challenges facing Rabat and its EU partners.
“The question of irregular immigration, which has become a policy priority for the two countries, will top the discussions,” explained Maghreb Confidentiel.
France remains Morocco’s foremost foreign investor, and there has recently been a marked increase in Morocco’s exports to France, rising by 20 percent in 2016 alone, according to the French government.
In addition to the strong commercial and cultural—mainly linguistic and educational—ties between Paris and Rabat, the two countries have upgraded their security cooperation in recent months.
In June, the two countries joined Belgium and Spain in creating a joint anti-terror front to “materialize,” “upgrade,” and “harmonize” their efforts regarding intelligence, field interventions, and deradicalization.