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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Morocco, GB Hold 2nd Session of Strategic Dialogue in Rabat

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Morocco, GB Hold 2nd Session of Strategic Dialogue in Rabat

The 2nd session of the Morocco-Great Britain strategic Dialogue was held on Tuesday in Rabat.

Speaking on this occasion, secretary of State to the minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mounia Boucetta, said that this strategic Dialogue reflects the common willingness of both countries to strengthen their long-standing ties and to continue the momentum of these relations over the past few years with the common ambition of establishing a multidimensional strategic partnership.

Boucetta noted that Morocco considers Britain to be a true strategic partner and appreciates the role that the United Kingdom can play in various joint forums, recalling Prince Harry's and his spouse's visit to the Kingdom and the audience granted to them by HM King Mohammed VI, which are a concrete example of the quality of the relationship between the two countries.

She also highlighted the significant development of the bilateral political dialogue during this year through the exchange of visits between high-level officials of the two countries, while praising the "constructive" position adopted by Great Britain within the UN Security Council and its support for a political settlement of the Sahara issue and serious and credible proposals aimed at achieving comprehensive and lasting solutions.

Morocco, like the United Kingdom, supports the strengthening of its relations with its international partners, she said, expressing in this regard Morocco’s satisfaction with the interest shown by the United Kingdom in the African continent, which is, she noted, one of Morocco's foreign policy priorities.

For his part, UK's minister for the Middle East and North Africa and minister of State for International Development, Andrew Murrison, recalled the significant progress made since the first session of the strategic Dialogue, expressing his country's willingness to further deepen this cooperation in the various fields.

The strategic Dialogue between the two countries has given momentum and significant impetus to bilateral relations, as illustrated by the exchange of visits by high-level officials over the past year, Murrison noted.

The British official also expressed his satisfaction with the increase in the number of British tourists visiting Morocco, estimating that this figure could reach 700,000 visitors by the end of the year.

The 2nd session of the Morocco-Great Britain strategic Dialogue was marked particularly by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the governments of the two countries on the strengthening of technical cooperation in higher education and scientific research.

MAP 17 September 2019