Partnership and cooperation between Morocco and France remains strong.
Rabat – A Moroccan parliamentary delegation led by the President of the House of Representatives, Habib El Malki, has travelled to the French capital to take part in the 4th France-Morocco parliamentary forum.
The forum kicked off on Friday, December 13, at the headquarters of the French National Assembly in Paris.
Richard Ferrand, President of the National Assembly, chaired the opening session of the meeting, along with Gerard Larcher, President of the French Senate, Habib El Malki, and the first Deputy-Speaker of the House of Advisers, Abdessamad Kayouh.
French and Moroccan members of parliament attended the event, as well as Morocco’s ambassador to France, Chakib Benmoussa.
The participants are set to discuss the global challenges for parliamentary diplomacy, the means to preserve seas and oceans in the face of climate change, and the consolidation of democracy.
Other topics of discussion at the event include the French-Moroccan partnership for security and development in Africa.
The France-Morocco parliamentary forum is a biennial event, launched in 2013. It brings together parliamentary deputies from the two countries and takes place in Morocco and France, alternately.
The forum aims to strengthen consultation and cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries. It is also an example of the strong partnership between Morocco and France.
Since Morocco’s independence in 1956, relations between France and Morocco have been amicable, with a foundation in trade and tourism. France is one of Morocco’s primary trade partners and is also the main creditor and foreign investor in the Kingdom.
On July 14, a national holiday in France known as Bastille Day, Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani said that France and Morocco are “exceptional” friends. He added that the two countries have always been supportive of each other’s agenda on issues of “particular importance” for their “national causes.”