13th session of Joint Moroccan-Saudi Commission: MFA Nasser Bourita Holds Talks with His Saudi Counterpart

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13ème session de la Commission Mixte Maroc-Arabie Saoudite: M. Nasser Bourita s'entretient avec son homologue saoudien
On the sidelines of the 13th session of the Joint Moroccan-Saudi Commission, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, held talks on June 16, 2022 in Rabat, with the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.H Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

During a joint press conference following their bilateral meeting, MFA Bourita reaffirmed that the Kingdom of Morocco and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia share a distinguished relationship based on friendship, constant solidarity and the ambition of the leaders of both countries to raise this relationship to the highest level.

MFA Bourita also noted that “relations between the two countries are unparalleled in Morocco's foreign relations," noting that his talks with his Saudi counterpart were an opportunity to discuss bilateral and regional issues, given the total convergence of views between the two Kingdoms.

These talks, MFA Bourita added, were an opportunity to assure H.H. Prince Faisal bin Farhan of Morocco's absolute solidarity with Saudi Arabia regarding its security and stability and Rabat's condemnation of anything that could undermine it. Morocco also voiced its support for all the measures taken by Saudi Arabia to protect its territory and the safety of its citizens.

MFA Bourita also expressed thanks and gratitude to Saudi Arabia for its firm positions on the Moroccan Sahara issue and on issues concerning the higher interests of the Kingdom of Morocco. These positions have always been "unwavering and expressed with clarity at all levels," the Minister said.

These talks were an opportunity to discuss regional issues and ways to coordinate positions. In this regard, MFA Bourita highlighted the existing opportunities at the diplomatic level, by working together in joint initiatives within Arab, Islamic and international organizations, noting that "Morocco and Saudi Arabia enjoy credibility and level of representation within these organizations."

This meeting, he indicated was also an opportunity to reaffirm Morocco's support for all the candidacies of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, upon the instructions of HM the King. In that regard, he recalled the statements of the Royal Cabinet that reaffirmed Morocco's support for Riyadh's bid to host the Universal Exhibition "Expo 2030".

Regarding the 13th session of the Morocco-Saudi Arabia Joint Commission, MFA Bourita stated it was an opportunity to review all issues affecting relations between the two countries and examine ways further develop and promote fruitful bilateral cooperation.

This session, he said, is an opportunity to expand the legal framework for bilateral relations through the signing and preparation of agreements and MoUs to open up new areas of cooperation, such as the green economy and digitalization.

According to MFA Bourita, the convening of the Joint Committee after nine years was an opportunity to reactivate this important mechanism of bilateral relations. The reactivation of this mechanism "allows us to enrich the legal component and talk about sectorial cooperation and to strengthen the integration of new actors in bilateral relations (private sector, investors and other stakeholders), he underscored.  

"The humanitarian aspects of this relationship are very important and must always be reinforced," MFA Bourita concluded.

For his part, H.H Prince Faisal Bin Farhan underlined this meeting confirms the depth of relations between the two countries and it is an occasion to seize the great opportunities that exist in order to strengthen coordination and bilateral cooperation, especially in the economic, energy, digital economy, industry and mineral wealth”.

"There are other areas in which we can act and opportunities that have not been sufficiently exploited. This is what justifies the commitment of the leaders of both countries to achieve this coordination and cooperation," he added, stressing that the two Kingdoms aspire to more cooperation and consultation in various areas.

In this regard, the Saudi Minister said that preparations are underway for the signing of a number of agreements and memoranda of understanding between government departments and private sector companies of the two countries, noting that a significant number of these draft agreements are under review in order to reach the final versions.

“Through the Joint Commission, clear and precise objectives for the upcoming period will be set and efforts will be made to achieve them for the benefit of both friendly countries and peoples," he pointed out.

In addition, he emphasized that discussions with his Moroccan counterpart have focused on a number of bilateral, regional and international issues, noting a complete consensus in the positions of the two countries and the importance attached by their leaders to the operationalization of coordination and cooperation in order to achieve the interests of the two countries and those of the Arab Ummah, as well as peace and international security.

The coordination between the two Kingdoms is uninterrupted and constant and it is illustrated in mutual support in international forums, whether it is about appointments or initiatives, he added.

Both sides are constantly working to develop joint initiatives through which the two kingdoms present a very positive model for the world and the international community.

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