The Moroccan government is satisfied with the adoption of the EU-Morocco agriculture and fisheries agreements.
Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement to express satisfaction with the agreements linking Morocco and the European Union.
Today, the European Union adopted the EU-Morocco agriculture agreement by a vast majority, with 444 votes in favor of the deal
The ministry said that the agreements signed between the EU and Morocco confirms “that any agreement covering the Moroccan Sahara can only be negotiated and signed by the Kingdom of Morocco in the exercise of its full sovereignty over this part of its territory.”
Commenting on the adoption of the agriculture agreement, the ministry said that the vote “by an overwhelming majority, marks the culmination of a long process of technical negotiations, political consultations and legal validations between Morocco and the EU.”
The ministry’s statement shared on Facebook said that throughout the process of negotiations, Morocco was firm on three principles: The non-negotiable defense of its territorial integrity and the fundamentals of its position with regard to the Moroccan Sahara, the preservation of its economic interests in an important sector with a privileged business partner, and its sincere commitment to the multidimensional and profound partnership with the EU.
The ministry also expressed satisfaction with EU actions against “attacks and maneuvers” led by Polisario and Algeria against this “secular partnership.” The statement was referring to Polisario’s allegations that Morocco was “exploiting the natural resources” of the region.
According to the ministry Morocco “considers that the adoption of this agreement provides a solid basis for a full revival of its partnership with the EU in order to jointly address the challenges facing the region and seize its opportunities, in a spirit of clarity, responsibility, and ambition.”
On January 14, the EU and Morocco also signed the fisheries agreement, which includes the waters off of Morocco’s southern provinces.