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Within the framework of the bonds of friendship and brotherhood uniting the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Togo two countries and in accordance with the will of both countries to further strengthen their cooperation, Mr. Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, met in Rabat, on June 7, 2022, his Togolese counterpart, Mr. Robert Dussey, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and Togolese Abroad, on the sidelines of his participation in the first Ministerial Meeting of African Atlantic States.

The two Ministers held talks during which they welcomed the excellence of the ties of friendship and solidarity existing between the two brotherly countries and praised the feelings of esteem and respect that characterize the relations between their Heads of State, His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His brother His Excellency Faure Gnassingbé, President of the Republic of Togo.

The two Ministers also welcomed the brotherly talks held in November 2016 between HM the King and the Togolese President, on the sidelines of the COP22 High-Level Meeting and the African Action Summit.

Regarding the Moroccan Sahara issue, Mr. Robert Dussey:

  • Reiterated Togo’s support for Morocco's territorial integrity
  • Hailed the efforts of the United Nations as the exclusive framework for achieving a realistic, practical and lasting solution to the dispute over the Sahara.
  • Affirmed support for the Kingdom's Autonomy Plan which is the only credible and realistic solution to the resolution of this dispute.

In the same vein, Mr. Robert Dussey expressed Togo's support for the pursuit of a lasting solution that preserves the territorial integrity, unity and sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco, under the exclusive aegis of the UN and in compliance with Decision 693 of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in July 2018.

MFA Nasser Bourita welcomed the participation of the Republic of Togo, in the person of Mr. Dussey, in the Ministerial Conference in Support of the Autonomy Initiative under the Sovereignty of Morocco, held virtually on January 15, 2021, at the invitation of the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of America. Welcoming this, the Togolese MFA stressed that this meeting is very important, noting that the sovereignty of Morocco over the Sahara region is total.

The two FMs stressed the necessity of respecting the norms and procedures within the bodies of the AU, reiterating the relevance of Decision 693 which has enshrined the exclusive competence of the United Nations in the management of the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.

Regarding Morocco-Togo cooperation, the two FMs lauded the opening of the Kingdom's Embassy in Lomé in October 2021 and the appointment of the Head of the Moroccan Diplomatic Mission in April 2022.

On this occasion, Togo's top diplomat announced the forthcoming opening of his country's Consulate General in Dakhla.

The two parties agreed to further strengthen the ambitious South-South cooperation, through a partnership encompassing areas of common interest and relying on the exchange of experiences and a more proactive policy of businessmen of both countries.

At the economic level, they stressed that the volume of trade falls short with regard to the excellent political relations and called for further boosting them with Moroccan imports consisting of mineral fuels, coffee, cotton, and tropical fruits, among others, and with exports of fertilizers, foodstuffs, paper, and electrical cables.

In terms of investment, the two ministers welcomed Morocco's presence in Togo through investments in the banking sector with the establishment of subsidiaries of Attijariwafabank, Banque Populaire, and Bank of Africa.

To this end, the two parties decided to multiply the missions of businessmen to prospect other opportunities for trade and investment and to create a Morocco-Togo Business Council.

The two sides agreed to hold in Rabat, as soon as possible, the first session of the Joint Moroccan-Togolese Cooperation Commission, on a date to be decided by mutual agreement through diplomatic channels.

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