On his trip to Cairo, the Moroccan foreign minister gave a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart, who spoke favorably of the Syrian president.
Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita held talks with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on Tuesday in Cairo.
Following the meeting, both officials co-chaired a press conference where Shoukry emphasized the convergence of views between Cairo and Rabat on many regional issues.
“There is consensus and convergence of views between Egypt and Morocco on several regional issues, notably the Palestinian question in the light of HM King Mohammed VI’s chairmanship of the Al-Quds Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, as well as the situation in Syria, Libya and Yemen,” said Shoukry.
However, on the issue of Syria, only Shoukry spoke of normalizing the situation in Syria. Commenting on the conflict, Shoukry called on Syrian President Bashar Al Assad to return to the Arab League.
“There’s a need to get out of the current crisis in Syria through the political framework sponsored by the UN envoy in Geneva,” said Shoukry, pointing out that the Syrian regime has not made any progress on the crisis.
On Moroccan-Egyptian relations, he added that both countries are working to “revitalize the mechanisms of bilateral cooperation in order to reap the benefits and tackle shortcomings in the service of our common interests.”
Shoukry described the joint Moroccan-Egyptian commission as “very important,” because it aims to develop bilateral ties and achieve“concrete objectives in the interest of the two brotherly peoples.”
He added that preparations for a joint commision are underway, asserting that the date for the meeting will be announced after considering mechanisms at the ministerial and technical levels, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
Bourita emphasized the importance of solidifying coordination between Cairo and Rabat on regional matters, congratulating Egypt for chairing the African Union in 2019.
Bourita also saluted Egypt’s efforts to preserve security and economic stability.
During his visit in Cairo, Bourita also met with the secretary general of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit.
During the meeting, the two officials consulted on the latest developments in regional crises, including the conflicts in Syria, Libya, and Yemen.