HM the King, French President Share Same Vision on Africa: FM
HM King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron share the same vision on Africa, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, said Monday in Rabat.
Speaking at a joint press conference with French minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, Bourita said that his talks with the French official focused on the African continent, in particular on the initiatives to be undertaken by the two countries in the framework of their partnership in order to support the stability and the development of Africa.
Morocco and France, which have a long tradition of promoting stability and peacebuilding, have much to bring to African countries in this field, he pointed out.
Africa is a land of opportunities and an emerging continent that requires an Afro-optimistic approach, he added, noting that it is no longer a burden and can no longer be seen as a challenge to the international community.
The international community must see Africa as an opportunity to be seized to strengthen its stability and ensure its economic emergence, Bourita said.
Commenting Morocco's request to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the minister said that this accession would be "an important moment" in that it would structure cooperation with other partners in the region, such as the European Union.
Bourita said that the strengthening of the Moroccan presence in Africa can also be an element of cooperation with Africa’s former partners, such as France or the European Union as a whole.