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French FM Le Drian to Visit Morocco Thursday

Le Drian’s visit comes less than six months since he visited Morocco for an official working trip in June.

Rabat – The French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, will travel to Morocco on Thursday, November 21, the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

The ministry did not provide further information on the visit. AtlasInfo, however, said that the French Minister of Finance and Economy Bruno Le Maire will accompany Le Drian.

During the visit, both officials will meet with senior Moroccan officials, including Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita and Minister of Finance and Economy Mohamed Benchaaboun.

The visit comes less than six months after Le Drian’s visit to Morocco from June 7-10, when he met with Bourita.

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During the meeting in June, the two officials discussed bilateral and regional issues. The parties also discussed the importance of diplomatic relations between Rabat and Paris, emphasizing the need to further reinforce diplomatic relations.

Le Drian spoke about the number of Moroccans who received Schengen visas to France from French consulates across Morocco in 2018, saying that 400,000 Moroccans received visas.

Le Drian has echoed his country’s determination to preserve diplomatic relations with Morocco on several occasions, including last year during his meeting with Bourita in  La Celle-Saint-Cloud, west of Paris. The two countries share regular cooperation in several fields including security.

Last year, Le  Drian said that the Moroccan-French security cooperation “is essential to respond to the threat posed by the return of foreign fighters from the Syrian-Iraqi” conflict zones.

He also described the country as a “valuable ally in this common interest.”