Morocco, Angola Discuss in Rabat Means to Strengthen Bilateral Relations
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita held, Thursday in Rabat, talks with his Angolan counterpart, Manuel Domingos Augusto, on means to strengthen relations between Morocco and Angola.
The talks between Bourita and Domingos Augusto took place after the two historic meetings between HM King Mohammed VI and President João Lourenço, in Abidjan and Brazzaville, which opened up far-reaching prospects for Moroccan-Angolan links.
Angola wishes to consolidate its relations with Morocco and benefit from its expertise in several sectors, particularly tourism, said the Angolan minister at a joint press briefing with his Moroccan counterpart.
He highlighted "the great potential for Moroccan-Angolan cooperation", citing in this regard the presence in Angola of several Moroccan companies, as well as sectors likely to support this cooperation such as tourism, insurance, infrastructure and education.
For his part, Bourita said that "bilateral meetings of great importance" for both countries are being prepared (…) to "identify projects, actions and initiatives that can feed bilateral relations, in accordance with the guidelines of the two head of States."
The Moroccan FM, who praised the "strong historical relations" between the two countries, recalled the meeting in Rabat in 1961 under the chairmanship of the late King Hassan II on the liberation of the former Portuguese colonies and Morocco's support to the Angolan people in their struggle for independence.
Regarding economic cooperation, Bourita noted the existence of a "great potential" that is still not exploited between Morocco and Angola, "two great African nations and two great actors of peace, security, stability and development of the continent", stressing the need for both countries to develop "strong economic relations and a more regular political dialogue, based on mutual respect, openness and constructive contribution to African causes".
MAP 12 July 2018