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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Moroccan-British Relations Are Moving Towards Real Strategic Partnership

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Moroccan-British Relations Are Moving Towards Real Strategic Partnership

Moroccan-British relations are moving towards the establishment of a genuine strategic partnership, said minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, noting that the 2nd session of the strategic Dialogue between the two countries, held Tuesday in Rabat, is likely to achieve this ambition.

Speaking at a joint press conference with UK's minister for the Middle East and North Africa and minister of State for International Development, Andrew Murrison, Bourita stressed that bilateral relations are witnessing a positive dynamic and are growing stronger at a sustained pace in all areas.

This momentum, the minister noted, is reflected in the many meetings held between high-level officials, notably the visit of Prince Harry and his spouse and their reception by HM King Mohammed VI, as well as the visits of the British ministers of Trade and Armed Forces and the holding of the first session of the strategic Dialogue, commending, in this regard, the level of military and security cooperation between the two kingdoms.

Bourita also highlighted the coordination between the two countries within international and regional organizations, as well as the mutual understanding of the strategic interests of the two States at the regional and international levels.

On the economic and trade front, Bourita noted the positive trend in trade over the past two years, adding that several meetings will be held next year to strengthen bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

In this regard, the minister announced that both parties have agreed to sign, as soon as possible, a post-Brexit bilateral trade agreement, which is in its final phase, and which is likely to generate greater trade opportunities between Morocco and the United Kingdom.

In addition, Bourita said that his meeting with Murrison had provided an opportunity to exchange views on regional issues in North Africa, the Middle East and West Africa and to discuss ways to coordinate their stances on these matters in the future.

MAP 17 September 2019