Rabat - Moroccan and Chilean foreign officers have held the 5th Morocco-Chile political consultation on politics and economy.
Morocco’s secretary of state to the minister of foreign affairs, Mounia Boucetta, and Chilean under-secretary for external relations, Carolina Valdivia, held the consultation Monday in Santiago.
The officials examined bilateral relations and discussed future developments in politics, economy and culture, Maghreb Arab Press reported Tuesday, October 23.
The two sides also talked about clean energy cooperation, parliamentary cooperation, and triangular cooperation between Morocco, Africa, and Chile.
Boucetta said that Morocco has concluded more than 1,500 agreements with African countries in various fields “thanks to” King Mohammed VI’s policy.
Valdivia said bilateral relations between Chile and Morocco “will be further deepened through this meeting of political consultations, in all areas where we could identify complementarities.”
The Chilean official said her country is willing to develop cooperation with Morocco in solar and wind energy, namely between Chile’s Corporation for the Promotion of Production (CORFO) and the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN).
CORFO, a Chilean governmental organization, aims to promote economic growth in Chile. MASEN, also publicly funded, manages renewable energy major projects in Morocco, especially in solar power.
Chile supports Morocco’s autonomy plan
During the meeting, Boucetta commended two resolutions the Chilean congress has adopted on Western Sahara.
On January 9, Chile’s Senate adopted a resolution in support of Morocco’s autonomy plan.
According to the resolution, Chilean senators called on the government of Chile, as a member of the UN, “to support and commit to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1754, adopted on April 30, 2007.”
The Senate adopted the resolution a week after the Chilean National Congress approved a similar resolution.
Chilean MPs affirmed that the Moroccan autonomy initiative is “a serious and credible effort, which will undoubtedly enable the Sahara population to exercise their right to self-determination, by democratically managing their own affairs through legislative, executive and judicial bodies with exclusive powers under the sovereignty of Morocco.”
At the meeting, Boucetta and Valdivia signed a cooperation agreement between the Moroccan Academy of Diplomatic Studies and the Andrés Bello Diplomatic Academy of Chile.