Since the election of Mauritania’s new president, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, in July, relations between Morocco and Mauritania have improved significantly.
Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates Nasser Bourita met with his Mauritanian counterpart, Smael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, on Friday, December 20, at the eighth African Students and Youth Summit in Rabat.
The meeting with Mauritania’s foreign minister aims to strengthen relations between the neighboring countries and improve their role in the security, stability, and development of West and North Africa, according to Bourita.
The discussions tackled ways to boost cooperation between economic and cultural actors of the two countries as well, added the minister.
For his part, the Mauritanian official said that Moroccan-Mauritanian relations are “distinguished” and should be developed even further.
“We have mentioned the distinguished relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and Mauritania, as well as the joint commission between the two countries that we are working to prepare at the level of commissions from different sectors,” said the minister.
Ould Cheikh commended Morocco’s support for Mauritania in the area of student training, expressing his “gratitude to the Kingdom for allowing Mauritanian students to have access to Moroccan universities, faculties, and institutes for more than 40 years.”
The Mauritanian minister also explained that Mauritania shares “the same vision as Morocco” in several issues.
In recent months, Morocco and Mauritania have been aiming to boost their cooperation in the diplomatic, cultural, and economic fields.
On August 1, 2019, Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani attended the inauguration ceremony of the new Mauritanian president, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani.
“Morocco is aiming to further reinforce its excellent and historical relation with Mauritania,” said El Othmani during his visit.
In November, Morocco’s minister of youth, sports, and culture, Hassan Abyaba, signed an agreement to build a sports complex in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, among other agreements for cultural cooperation.
Mauritania’s foreign minister noted that this is his second visit to Morocco and that it would not be the last.
On the same day of the meeting, Bourita held talks with Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs Shirley Ayorkor Botchway and Guinean Foreign Minister Mamadi Toure. The discussions concerned cooperation between Morocco and the two West African countries.