In the instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Morocco considers Spain as a “reliable partner and ally”, said Wednesday in New York, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living in Morocco. foreigner, Nasser Bourita, emphasized that the two countries will work, in a positive spirit and with ambition, to give more strength to their bilateral relations.
“His Majesty the King’s Instructions are clear: Morocco considers Spain a reliable partner and ally. We will work in a positive spirit to implement, with ambition, all the commitments defined by HM that King and President of the Spanish government so that these relations are strong,” said Bourita in a press statement. with his Spanish counterpart, José Manuel Albares.
Relations between Rabat and Madrid, as HM the King said, have taken a new and unprecedented step, based on mutual respect, strong ambitions, in addition to the implementation of common commitment to serve the interests of both countries. regional peace and stability, he underlined.
The Minister also indicated that the talks with his Spanish counterpart are an opportunity to check what has been achieved under the Joint Declaration at the end of the discussions between His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the President of the Government of Spain. , Pedro Sánchez, and the audience given to him by HM the King in April.
“We see that many of the points contained in this Declaration have been achieved,” he said, adding that all working groups have met four times and should hold two more meetings next month. .
Mr. Bourita also highlighted the dynamics of the visits between the ministers of the two countries, focused on several strategic sectors.
He indicated in this respect that the two parties agreed to meet the High Joint Commission before the end of the current year, stressing that this meeting will mark an important stage in the dynamics of Moroccan-Spanish relations.
For his part, the Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, welcomed the “extreme” strategic partnership linking Spain and Morocco which, he said, showed what he said, “a new stage” based on “transparency, permanent. communication and mutual respect”.
“We have an intense bilateral program that covers all aspects of our bilateral relations, based on transparency, permanent communication and mutual respect. These are the principles of sincere cooperation between the two strategic partners like Spain and Morocco” , said the head of Spanish diplomacy.
For Mr. Albares, this is a “new stage” in the relations between Madrid and Rabat, adding that the meeting with Mr. Bourita serves as an opportunity to establish the bases for “next steps “.
“We have made more than significant progress, from which the Moroccan and Spanish people have already benefited”, he said with satisfaction, referring to the maintenance of air, sea and land connections, “which also enabled the thousands of families will be reunited with it. summer thanks to this operation after years of pandemic”.
For the Spanish minister, the high-level meeting will be “a new opportunity to take stock and continue to move forward and strengthen Spanish-Moroccan friendship”.
While recalling that this high-level meeting has not taken place since 2015, he noted that, since last April, all the working groups created along the roadmap of the Joint Declaration after discussions between His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the President of The Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, “held meetings and respected the planned work schedule”.
Regarding the “regular and orderly” circulation of goods, the Spanish minister noted that Spain’s exports to Morocco have increased by 30% in just one year, reaching 6,000 million euros, thus consolidating in the position of Spain.
“But we want to continue, so we are working with the aim of achieving a land crossing for the goods next January,” he said, stressing that as part of the “activation” of cooperation bilaterally, the two parties “agreed to work. for the orderly and gradual passage of goods through the customs posts of the land starting in January”.
Mr. Albares also announced that the Spanish government will approve a project to promote the development of the fund worth 20 million euros, the first project in 20 years in Morocco aimed, according to him, to provide and microcredits to promote the inclusion of youth and women in productivity. system.
He explained that the cooperation between the two countries will also focus on technical assistance in the railway sector, water sector and for the construction of integrated systems.
In terms of migration, the Spanish minister pointed to “evidence of excellent cooperation”, saying that the figures for irregular arrivals have decreased by 20% in the last four months compared to the same period last year. year.
“This is the result, among other things, of joint action against criminal human trafficking networks. We agree to continue strengthening this cooperation, especially on the Atlantic coast,” he said.
Mr. Albares finally indicated that as part of the “reactivation” of bilateral cooperation, the two parties “agreed to work so that the smooth and gradual passage of goods through land customs posts will begin in January”.
Held on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, these talks between MM. Bourita and Albares took place in the presence of the Ambassador Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN, Omar Hilale, the Ambassador Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fouad Yazourh, and the Ambassador, Director General of the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation, Mohamed Methqal.