3rd session of the Morocco-Gambia Joint Commission : Key points of the Joint Communiqué

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3rd session of the Morocco-Gambia Joint Commission held on Januray, 26, 2024 in Dakhla, was culminated in the adoption of a Joint Communiqué.

The Republic of The Gambia welcomed, the consistent efforts made by the Kingdom of Morocco, under the wise and enlightened leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, in favor of the development of the African continent.

both parties reiterated their determination to participate in the efforts to settle disputes in Africa, noting with satisfaction their complete convergence on various regional and international issues of common interest raised.

The two ministers also emphasized the strong and longstanding relations of brotherhood and solidarity between the two countries, praising the excellence of the friendship and mutual respect between their Heads of State, His Majesty King Mohammed VI, and his brother His Excellency Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia.

Mr. Tangara also recalled the historical cooperation, strengthened by the visit of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to Banjul in February 2006, during which eight cooperation agreements were signed. He expressed his country's full readiness to harness the enormous potential available to further strengthen and consolidate this partnership in all areas.

He also praised the Kingdom of Morocco's resolute commitment to give renewed momentum to the bonds of brotherhood and solidarity between the two countries, highly commending the opening of the Moroccan embassy in Banjul, which will strengthen the foundations for the development of bilateral relations.

For his part, Mr. Nasser Bourita congratulated the Republic of The Gambia for the significant progress made in socio-economic development and reconciliation under the leadership of His Excellency President Adama Barrow. Barrow's re-election in December 2021 is a testament to the trust placed in him by the Gambian people to continue his remarkable work in consolidating political stability and prosperity.

both parties emphasized the importance of creating a more conducive environment for mutual investments and encouraging the business communities of both countries to fully explore and take advantage of the opportunities offered by their expanding markets and developing infrastructures.

The two ministers spoke highly about the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline, which will connect Nigerian gas to at least 15 West African countries, including the Republic of The Gambia. In this regard, Mr. Tangara expressed confidence that this historic project will bring economic benefits to the entire sub-region and ensure access to electricity for millions of people.

He further reaffirmed his country's active support in fast tracking the implementation of this transformative initiative.

The two ministers also reviewed the progress of the fruitful cooperation between the two countries in all areas of common interest, as well as the need to maintain the current momentum.

They also reaffirmed their commitment to explore new avenues of cooperation in priority areas such as investment, industry, trade, fishing, and renewable energy.

In this context, Mr. Nasser Bourita reiterated the readiness of the Kingdom of Morocco to contribute to the implementation of the National Development Plan of the Republic of The Gambia, aiming to ensure the necessary conditions for its economic and social emergence.

Both parties reaffirmed their determination to continue their sustained political engagement, regular dialogues, and high-level exchanges, both at the bilateral level and within international and regional mechanisms such as the United Nations and the African Union.

They agreed to mutually support, if necessary, the Moroccan and Gambian candidacies at the regional and international cooperation mechanisms. In this regard, Tangara expressed The Gambia's firm support for Morocco's candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the period 2028-2029.

The two ministers expressed their satisfaction with the tangible results of the third session of the Joint Commission, marked by the signing of eleven cooperation agreements covering various areas.

Finally, they agreed to hold the fourth session of the Morocco-Gambia Joint Cooperation Commission, the location and date of which will be determined by mutual agreement through diplomatic channels.

On the Moroccan Sahara issue, The Republic of The Gambia reiterated, its unwavering support for the territorial integrity of the Kingdom and its endorsement of the Autonomy Initiative as the only "credible and realistic" solution for resolving the dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.

The Gambian foreign minister reiterated his country's unwavering support for the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Recalling the opening of a Gambian Consulate General in Dakhla in January 2020, Mr.Tangara also reaffirmed his country's support for the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative, presented by the Kingdom in 2007, which represents the only credible and realistic solution for resolving this dispute.

In this regard, he expressed the firm support of the Republic of The Gambia for the search for a lasting solution that preserves the territorial integrity, unity, and sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco, under the exclusive auspices of the United Nations.

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