2nd session of the Morocco- Azerbaijan Joint Commission: Joint press conference

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Closing, on November 13, 2023 in Rabat, of the 2nd session of the Morocco- Azerbaijan Joint Commission, co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Jeyhun Bayramov.

In a joint press conference at the end of the Commission's proceedings, Mr Bourita stated that the distinguished ties between Morocco and Azerbaijan stem from a convergence of views on issues of common interest.

Mr Bourita stressed that the distinguished ties between the two friendly countries draw their strength from the fraternal relations between HM King Mohammed VI and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, as well as from the convergence of the two countries' orientations, characterized by ties of solidarity and convergence of views on bilateral, regional and international issues.

The 2nd Morocco-Azerbaijan Joint Commission was an opportunity to review and assess the achievements of the last few years, and to determine the future stages of the promising relationship between the two countries, said the Minister, pointing out that the legal framework for cooperation has been enriched by the signing of several agreements covering fields such as energy, logistics and many others.

Mr Bourita added that numerous initiatives and activities to be implemented in the near future should give new impetus to sectoral cooperation and deepen and diversify the partnership between the two countries.

The meeting also provided an opportunity for an exchange of views on several regional and international issues, said Mr Bourita, who expressed to Mr Bayramov "Morocco's great appreciation for the clear and firm positions of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as for its support for national sovereignty, the Kingdom's territorial integrity and its legitimate rights over its southern provinces.”

Emanating from a friendly country with which Morocco maintains solid ties, distinguished relations and unwavering solidarity, these positions are greatly appreciated by His Majesty the King, the Moroccan people and all the Kingdom's dynamic forces, the Minister noted.

The two countries also attach great importance to consolidating their economic relations, as evidenced by the holding on Tuesday of a Business Forum to be attended by several businessmen and economic players from both countries, which will create partnership opportunities between economic operators, contribute to the creation of a favorable environment for investment and trade, and give impetus to bilateral cooperation as well as commercial exchanges.

Regarding the consolidation of human, cultural and tourist relations between the two countries, Mr Bourita pointed out that the Republic of Azerbaijan was the first country to benefit from the adoption of electronic visas to enter Moroccan territory, which has had a positive impact in promoting Morocco as a tourist and business destination, and in increasing the number of Azerbaijani visitors to the Kingdom.

For his part, Mr Jeyhun Bayramov said that Morocco and Azerbaijan are determined to give new impetus to their bilateral relations. 

Mr Bayramov stressed that the two parties shared a common vision and the importance of giving new impetus to their bilateral relations, notably through the exchange of visits between senior officials of the two countries.

In this sense, Azerbaijan's top diplomat said that the agreements signed on the occasion of this joint commission will help deepen bilateral relations in various fields, adding that regular political consultations between the Moroccan and Azerbaijani Foreign Affairs Ministries will also help consolidate political dialogue and the bilateral agenda.

He said that this 2nd session of the Joint Cooperation Commission was intended as an opportunity to examine ways of strengthening trade and promoting investment on both sides.

In this respect, Mr Bayramov pointed out that despite the interest expressed in better promoting trade between the two countries, the figures recorded still do not reflect the potential of the two friendly countries.

The same applies to mutual investment between the two countries, he explained, noting that the Joint Commission meeting was an "excellent opportunity" to further strengthen bilateral relations in a number of areas.

The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss issues of common interest, particularly at international level, he said.

The Azerbaijani official also warmly congratulated Morocco on its "well-deserved" nomination to host the 2030 World Cup, alongside Portugal and Spain.

He also offered his sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims of the Al Haouz earthquake.

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