Representing King Mohammed Vi at the inauguration of Brazil’s president, Moroccan head of government called for strengthened relations between Morocco and Brazil.
Rabat – Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani met a number of Brazilian MPs and diplomatic representatives Monday at the Moroccan Embassy in Brasilia.
El Othmani is in Brazil to represent King Mohammed VI at the presidential inauguration ceremony of the new Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, taking place January 1.
During the meetings, the officials discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations and spoke about major reform projects implemented by Morocco, state-owned news agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.
“This meeting with representatives of both chambers of Congress and Brazilian decision-making centres is very important as it provided an opportunity to review the quality of bilateral ties,” El Othmani told MAP.
The head of government indicated that both countries show “a willingness to develop these relations for the better in the economic, political and trade fields between the two peoples”.
“There is a need to further develop the strong relationship between our two countries,” El Othmani stressed.
Diplomatic relations between Morocco and Brazil started in 1906 after Brazil appointed consul in Tangier in 1890. Brazil is Morocco’s third largest customer and trade between the two countries is important, according to El Othmani.
El Othmani praised the adoption, by a majority of Brazilian MPs, of a parliamentary motion which supports Morocco’s efforts to reach a mutually agreed upon solution to the Western Sahara conflict.
El Otmani also met with chairman of the Brazilian Senate’s Foreign Relations and National Defence Committee (CRE), Fernando Collor.
Collor welcomed the Kingdom’s participation in the inauguration ceremony of Brazil’s new president, saying, it is “an illustration of the solidity of bilateral relations”.
El Othmani also met some Brazilian MPs and representatives of Arab and African ambassadors to Brasilia.
Bolsonaro was elected president on October 28 2018 as president of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, the Israeli and Hungarian prime ministers, Benjamin Netanyahu and Viktor Orban will be present at Tuesday’s inauguration of Brazil’s new far-right president.
Bolsonaro pledged to move the Brazilian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem after he won president elections. He wants closer business and technology ties with Israel.
“As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel is a sovereign state and we shall duly respect that,” he said.