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Tuesday 10 July 2018

Beijing: Morocco Takes Part in 8th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum

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Beijing: Morocco Takes Part in 8th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum

Moroccan FM Holds Talks with Chinese Peer on Implementation of Bilateral Strategic Partnership

 Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita held, on Tuesday in Beijing, talks with China's State Councilor and Foreign minister Wang Yi on the implementation of the Strategic Partnership signed in May 2016 by HM King Mohammed VI and Chinese president, Xi Jinping.

The meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the 8th ministerial meeting of the Chinese-Arab States Forum, also focused on Morocco's accession to the "Belt and Road" initiative.

Both sides underlined that, thanks to the will of the two head of States, bilateral cooperation has reached, politically, an exceptional level, characterized in particular by solidarity, trust, mutual respect and support for national issues of territorial integrity and sovereignty of the two countries, as well as convergence of views on regional and international questions.

The two officials also commended the momentum generated since the Royal visit to Beijing, which boosted bilateral trade relations. It also contributed to a 400 pc increase in the number of Chinese tourists visiting the Kingdom, an 80 pc rise in the volume of Chinese investment and a 20 pc increase in the volume of trade.
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Beijing: Arab & Chinese FMs Laud HM the King's Efforts to Defend Al-Quds City
 
Arab and Chinese Foreign ministers lauded, on Tuesday in Beijing, the efforts of HM King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, to defend the holy city and support the resistance of the Palestinian people, highlighting the efforts of the Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency.

In the Beijing Declaration at the end of the 8th ministerial meeting of the Chinese-Arab States Cooperation Forum, the ministers also reiterated their support for the inter-Libyan political agreement concluded in Skhirat and their rejection of military intervention, while calling for support and assistance to Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC).

Furthermore, the ministers praised the organization in Morocco of the 22nd United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP22), held in Marrakech in November 2016.

In the same vein, they stressed the need to continue negotiations on the establishment of a Chinese-Arab Centre in Morocco to combat desertification.
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HM the King's Historic Visit to China Gave New Impetus to Bilateral Relations (FM)

HM King Mohammed VI's historic visit to the People's Republic of China in May 2016, marked by the signing of a joint declaration on the establishment of a strategic partnership, has given new impetus to China-Morocco cooperation relations, said, Tuesday in Beijing, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.

The agreements and conventions inked during this important visit show the potential of both countries and their sincere will to accelerate the implementation of their promising common vision, the minister said in an address to the 8th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Forum.

Bourita added that the links between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of China, which celebrate this year the 60th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations, constitute an appropriate framework for working together to implement the Strategic Partnership and the Memorandum of Understanding on the Belt and Road Initiative.

Regarding Chinese-Arab relations, the minister expressed the readiness of the Kingdom of Morocco to contribute to all initiatives aimed at laying the foundations for an integrated partnership between China and the Arab countries, based on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States and non-interference in their internal affairs.

The Arab world and China are not only linked by diplomatic relations, but also historical and civilizational bonds that date back to the era of the "Silk Road" which has greatly contributed to strengthening positive interactions and ties between the peoples of the two regions, Bourita pointed out.

The minister also underlined that the Kingdom of Morocco in the person of HM King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, praises China's continued support for maintaining the legal and historical status of the Holy City and against any unilateral decision that could undermine efforts to revive the peace process and exclude Al-Quds from the negotiating table and final status issues.

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Beijing: Morocco Takes Part in 8th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum

Morocco will take part in the 8th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, which will open on Tuesday in Beijing.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, will chair the Moroccan delegation to this meeting, to be attended notably by the secretary general of the Arab League, in the presence of Chinese president, Xi Jinping, who will give a speech on this occasion.

The Forum, initiated in 2004, is a high-level platform for dialogue and cooperation between China and the Arab World.

Relations between the two parties have experienced a remarkable boom as China is the Arab countries' second largest trading partner. In 2017, the volume of trade between Beijing and the Arab World reached $191.35 billion.

China and Morocco, which are celebrating this year the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations, have given new impetus to their links, especially after the historic visit of HM King Mohammed VI to China in 2016.

The visit culminated in the signing of a joint declaration for a strategic partnership between the two countries.

The development of bilateral relations is reflected in the strong growth in trade, which rose from 300 million dollars in 2002 to more than 4 billion dollars in 2016.

In addition, the number of Chinese tourists in Morocco has increased from 10,000 visitors in 2015 to 120,000 in 2017, thanks to the Royal decision to exempt Chinese nationals from visa requirements.

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