The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, M. Nasser Bourita and his French counterpart, Mr. Jean Yves Le Drian, stressed, on Monday, November 09th, 2020, in Rabat; the exceptional partnership between Morocco and France.
During a joint press briefing at the end of their talks, the two ministers highlighted the solid relations between Morocco and France, as well as the convergence of views on several regional and international issues.
In this regard, Mr. Bourita noted that Mr. Le Drian’s working visit to Morocco reinforces the very positive dynamics of bilateral relations, recalling the permanent contacts and coordination between the leaders of the two countries.
He also indicated that this visit, which comes six months after the last meeting between the two Ministers due to the context marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, was an opportunity to examine the deadlines of the bilateral partnership, stressing the importance of strengthening relations between the two countries in this post-Covid phase.
After recalling the recent visit to Morocco of the French Minister in charge of Foreign Trade, the Minister of the Interior and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Mr. Bourita stressed the importance of France’s support for the economic recovery in Morocco during the post-Covid phase.
He also recalled that coordination between the two countries continued during the pandemic phase, particularly at the Consular level and in the field of health.
For his part, Mr Le Drian noted that these numerous ministerial visits reflect the regularity of bilateral relations and are significant of the exceptional partnership between Morocco and France.
He also recalled that the visit to Morocco of the French Minister for Foreign Trade was an opportunity to discuss the launch of a Moroccan-French economic pact, hoping that this project will be completed during the first quarter of 2021.
On another aspect, the head of French diplomacy affirmed that his country is counting on Morocco in its fight against terrorism and extremism.
“France has the deepest respect for Islam,” he said, noting that the Kingdom is the bearer of a righteous Islam advocated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful.