President of the Bundestag Stresses Need to Develop Moroccan-German Relations as a Strategic Choice
President of the Bundestag (German Parliament), Wolfgang Schäuble, stressed on Monday in Berlin the need to develop relations between Morocco and Germany as a strategic choice in the service of the common interests of both countries.
During talks with speaker of the House of Representatives, Habib El Malki, Schäuble pointed out that Morocco occupies a prominent place in the African continent and the Mediterranean, two regions that enjoy particular interest.
According to a statement by the House of Representatives, the German official said that these talks provide an opportunity to exchange views on the regional situation, particularly in North Africa, praising the development of relations between the two parliaments.
Schäuble also said that German MEPs' support for the renewal of the agreements on fisheries and agriculture between the European Union and Morocco is irreversible.
Regarding the Moroccan Sahara issue, Schäuble said that "his country is determined to work, during its term as head of the United Nations Security Council, to give impetus to the dialogue process, by involving all parties directly concerned, in order to support the efforts of the UN Secretary-General's Personal Envoy, Horst Köhler, to find a consensual solution to this issue and to turn towards development and regional integration issues".
For his part, El Malki said that Morocco and Germany share their commitment to the values of the United Nations Charter, which is based on the principles of peace and international solidarity, stressing that the two countries have good political relations and are developing their economic cooperation, with promising prospects for the coming years.
At the parliamentary level, the Moroccan official expressed his willingness to continue coordination between the two legislative institutions, capitalizing on the exchange of visits between parliamentarians of the two countries. He also proposed the holding, every two years, of a German-Moroccan parliamentary forum, in order to deepen the debate and draw up recommendations on the various issues of common interest.
MAP 09 October 2018