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El Othmani Represents Morocco in China-Africa Summit

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Rabat – Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani landed in China on Sunday to represent King Mohammed VI at the China-Africa summit in Beijing.

El Othmani will attend the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the request of the King.

The two-day symposium, which will take place September 3-4, aims to build a bridge between Asia and Africa to deepen cooperation between the two continents.

Xinhua quoted Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, saying that the summit “will be a great success and establish a new historical monument of friendly cooperation between China and Africa.”

The event will convene African leaders to discuss business cooperation between the two sides.

The meeting could be a good opportunity for Morocco to deepen ties with China as both countries have vowed to promote their partnership.

In July, El Othmani and the secretary of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China (CPC), You Quan, commended the 60 years of bilateral ties between the two countries since 1958.

The Chinese official also expressed his country’s determination to work with Morocco “to implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state to solidify mutual political trust, deepen mutually beneficiary (sic) cooperation and jointly push forward the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, which was proposed in 2013 by China,” reported China Daily.

The Chinese initiative aims at creating a trade network that will link Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Morocco welcomed the proposal and signed a memorandum of understanding with China to promote “The Belt and Road Initiative, ”becoming the first Maghreb country to ink the document to assist China’s economic campaign.

China’s ambassador to Morocco, Li Li, said that Morocco could play a “unique” role in the initiative and that Morocco provides an ideal platform for Chinese companies looking for new markets.

“The initiative provides a good opportunity for developing China-Morocco ties, which are an important part of the broader cooperation between China and Arab countries,” he said.

Talks on the project will be further developed this week during FOCAC, a summit that began meeting in 2000.

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