“We are very satisfied with this new stage and this dynamic that marks the bilateral relations, as well as the achievement of the roadmap’”, established on the occasion of the visit of the President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, to Morocco, at the invitation of HM King Mohammed VI, said Albares during a press briefing at the end of a working meeting with his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, on the sidelines of the 7th Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). “All working groups meet on a permanent basis and these meetings are bearing fruit,” said the top Spanish diplomat, adding that illegal immigration from Africa has been reduced by 20% and bilateral trade has increased by 30%, Spanish exports reaching 7 billion euros since the beginning of the year. This meeting, the seventh between the two ministers, was an opportunity to “continue to advance the Spanish-Moroccan roadmap, which is being implemented point by point,” said Albares, noting that both countries continue to cross agendas, so that the High Level Meeting can be held as soon as possible. Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

The talks, held in the presence of Moroccan ambassador to Spain, Karima Benyaich, took place on the sidelines of the 7th Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).

 

In this context, Nasser Bourita met with European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, Secretary General of the UfM, Nasser Kamel, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ryad Al Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ayman Safadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta, Ian Borg, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, Milkov Nikolay, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, Tanja Fajon.

 

On this occasion, Bourita also had exchanges with Luxembourg Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, João Cravinho and Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Kasoulides.

 

Bourita also met with head of the French delegation, Olivier Becht, Minister Delegate to the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and head of the German delegation, Katja Keul, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the German Republic.

 

The talks were an opportunity to review the bilateral cooperation links and to examine the means to further develop them.

 

During the meetings, emphasis was also placed on the special relationship between Morocco and the EU and the leading role of the Kingdom within the UfM, as well as the particular interest of Morocco in strengthening cooperation and partnership with the various countries of the Mediterranean shore.

 

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse