Oman has reiterated its support for Morocco’s territorial integrity.
Rabat – Oman announced full support for Morocco’s territorial integrity in a joint statement issued at the end of the 5th Moroccan-Omani joint commission on Monday in Muscat.
Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and his counterpart Yousef Bin Alawi co-chaired the commission.
The joint statement also commended the “wisdom of the Moroccan leadership committed to a peaceful solution to the question of the Moroccan Sahara.”
Bin Alawi also saluted King Mohammed VI’s efforts to consolidate peace and stability internationally.
Bourita said that Morocco is a credible and serious partner of Oman. He emphasized that bilateral trade between the two countries has more than doubled over the last five years, from MAD 207 million to 532 million.
Bourita also recalled the launch of a direct flight between Muscat and Casablanca in July 2018.
Bourita also expressed hope that bilateral trade and tourism will increase because of the direct flight.
“The distance separating the two countries has not slowed down communication between the two peoples,” Bourita said.
He added that 181 Omani students are pursuing their studies in Moroccan universities and institutions.
Nearly 4,500 Moroccans are living in Oman.
“Morocco is following the Omani policy under the enlightened leadership of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, which is based on respect for the sovereignty of States and their territorial integrity and the promotion of dialogue and peaceful options for the settlement of crises and conflicts,” the official noted.
The minister also welcomed the commission, which is a “major mechanism to open up new prospects for bilateral cooperation in the economic, technical, cultural and social areas and give new impetus to bilateral cooperation.”
The Commission held its last session in December 2010, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).