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Thursday 8 March 2018

Malian Prime Minister, Soumyelou Boubeye Maïga, arrived on Thursday in Morocco for a friendship and working visit.

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Malian Prime Minister to Start Thursday Friendship & Working Visit to Morocco

Upon his arrival at the Rabat-Salé airport, the Malian official was welcomed by Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani.

After reviewing a detachment of the Royal Air Forces that paid the honors, the Malian PM was greeted notably by State minister for Human Rights, Mustapha Ramid, Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohammed Boussaid, Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Employment and Professional Integration, Mohamed Yatim, and minister delegate to the minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in charge of African Cooperation, Mohcine Jazouli.

During this two-day visit, Maïga and El Othmani will discuss the means to promote fruitful cooperation between the two countries as well as several issues, including security, the fight against terrorism, climate change and irregular migration.

On the occasion of this visit, several cooperation agreements will be signed between the two countries in various areas.


Morocco, Mali Sign Several Cooperation Agreements to Boost Bilateral Partnership

Morocco and Mali signed, on Thursday in Rabat, five cooperation agreements covering several areas to boost the bilateral partnership between the two countries.

Signed at a ceremony co-chaired by head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, and Malian Prime minister, Soumeylou Boubeye Maïga, these agreements cover in particular the fields of transport, logistics and employment.

Thus, an agreement on international road transport of passengers and goods was signed by minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Abdelkader Amara, and Malian minister of Transport, Moulaye Ahmed Boubacar.

Amara and Boubacar also inked an agreement on the recognition of driving licenses, as well as a cooperation agreement on logistics.

In the area of employment, a cooperation protocol was signed by minister of Employment and Professional Integration, Mohamed Yatim, and Malian minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Maouloud Ben Kattra.

Furthermore, Amara and Malian minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Tiéman Hubert Coulibaly, signed a technical cooperation agreement in the field of water development.

These agreements were signed at the end of a plenary meeting on the occasion of the working and friendship visit paid to Morocco by a Malian large delegation, led by PM Maïga.

Morocco, Mali Agree to Reinforce Political and Diplomatic Consultations, FM

Morocco and Mali agreed to reinforce their political and diplomatic consultations within regional and international bodies, said, Thursday in Rabat, foreign minister Nasser Bourita.

Relations between Morocco and Mali are rooted and marked by a very strong human dimension, said Bourita during a press briefing after a meeting with Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs Tiéman Hubert Coulibaly, noting that the two visits of HM King Mohammed VI to Mali in 2013 and 2014 gave a strong impetus to this relation.

"This meeting was an opportunity to review what was achieved as part of the two visits of HM the King to Bamako, to see the full potential of this relation and to agree on concrete measures to optimize this potential," said the minister.

Regarding the peace and reconciliation process in Mali, Bourita said that Morocco notes with great satisfaction all the progress that has been made under the leadership of H.E the President of the Republic of Mali.

Morocco is confident that the genius, intelligence and sense of belonging to this country will help Malian people to come up with the next steps in this political process, as well as in the process of reconciliation with a lot of responsibility, so that the momentum that was created by the election of the president could produce all the results expected by the international community, he said.

Bourita also underlined the threats facing the Sahel region, noting that they have an impact on North Africa and the Mediterranean zone, which makes it a fight for the entire international community.

The minister added that this meeting was opportunity to discuss the efforts of the international community to support the choice and decisions of the countries concerned as part of the G5 Sahel.

For his part, the Malian Minister said that the two sides talked about some key issues relating to bilateral and multilateral cooperation, notably the Morocco-backed peace process in Mali, in addition to some African issues such as Morocco's request to join ECOWAS which is part of strengthening Morocco's African belonging.

This step takes place with Morocco's return to his African Union family, he said, adding that relations between Morocco and Mali are long-standing and historical at the cultural and even religious levels.

Mali has chosen Morocco to train its imams so that its religious practice be consistent with its history, said Coulibaly.

All this leads us to make more efforts in the coming months so that our cooperation gain momentum on all fronts, he conclude


Malian Prime Minister Praises 'Quality' of Relations & ‘Common History’ Linking Morocco, Mali

Malian Prime minister, Soumyelou Boubeye Maïga, praised, Wednesday in Bamako, the "quality" of relations and "common history" between his country and Morocco.

Malian Prime Minister Praises 'Quality' of Relations & ‘Common History’ Linking Morocco, Mali

In a statement to MAP, on the occasion of his visit to Morocco as of Thursday, Maïga also commended the links of friendship, fraternity and reciprocal esteem between HM King Mohammed VI and president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

After highlighting the "historical" and "unalterable" nature of the links between the two countries, the Malian official hailed the "very strong presence" of Moroccan companies in the Malian economic landscape, particularly in the areas of banking and telephony.

Today, there is a fluidity of Moroccan products towards Mali thanks to the agreements signed in 2013, he added.

Maïga also noted that the return of Morocco to the African Union (AU) and its application for membership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are likely to "broaden the scope of cooperation opportunities."

Morocco has also become a member of the AU Peace and Security Council, and is involved in all the daily exercises of the pan-African organization (…) to guarantee more stability and security on the continent, he said.

Referring to regional and international issues, the Malian Prime minister stressed the need to further strengthen cooperation and the exchange of experiences on the basis of conviviality and fraternal coexistence between the different communities, in order to face the threats posed to the foundations of societies and States.