MFA Nasser Bourita holds talks with his Congolese Counterpart

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MFA Nasser Bourita holds talks with his Congolese Counterpart
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita held talks on May 10th, 2021, by videoconference, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Congolese Abroad of the Republic of Congo, Mr. Jean-Claude Gakosso.

The two Ministers commended the excellent level of the deep ties of friendship and solidarity between the two countries, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Brother His Excellency President Denis Sassou N'Guesso, recalling that these bilateral relations have been given a new impetus following the friendship and working visits made by His Majesty the King to the Republic of Congo in February 2006 and April 2018.

These visits have led to the signing of several agreements in various fields (health, agriculture, fisheries, energy, tourism ... etc.) and the launch of construction work of a landing point developed in the fishing port of Yoro in Brazzaville.

In terms of economic cooperation, the two Ministers stressed the important role played by the private sector in boosting partnership relations between the two countries. To this end, they agreed to hold a Moroccan-Congo Economic Forum and establish a Business Council to further strengthen economic and trade between Morocco and Congo.

The two parties also welcomed Morocco's commitment to solidarity with the Congo, which was demonstrated by the granting of a Royal Donation of preventive medical equipment against the COVID-19 pandemic, in June 2020, and the support of the regional initiative of the Congolese President "Blue Fund for the Congo Basin".

Welcoming the perfect concordance of the points of view of the two countries on the various regional and international issues of common interest, the two parties also highlighted the priority and interest of the two countries in the development of relations of political consultation, based on the respect and defense of the sovereignty and unity of African States.

Regarding the Moroccan Sahara issue, the Moroccan side welcomed the favorable position adopted by the Congo on this question which has resulted in its support for the efforts made by the Kingdom of Morocco to achieve a negotiated political solution to this regional dispute, adding that Jean-Claude Gakosso reaffirmed the seriousness and credibility of the Moroccan autonomy initiative leading to a final settlement of this issue, under the auspices of the United Nations (UN), as endorsed by Decision 693 adopted by the African Union (AU) Summit in Nouakchott in 2018.

On the subject of Libya, the two Ministers lauded the efforts already undertaken by the new executive towards a political settlement of the situation in this country, stressing the important role of the AU in the search for a solution in Libya, through the High-Level Committee on Libya chaired by President Denis Sassou N'Guesso.

They also welcomed the permanent commitment of Morocco to support the Libyan parties for the resolution of the crisis in Libya, in accordance with the High Instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and this, in the interest of this brotherly country and for the stability of the whole region of North Africa as well as the achievement of economic integration in the Arab Maghreb.

The two Ministers also stressed the importance of strengthening communication and coordination in the various multilateral platforms, including the AU and UN, in order to make diplomatic actions undertaken at the level of these bodies more consistent with the official positions adopted by the two countries on various issues of common interest.

In the same spirit, the two parties are committed to support, in a concerted and mutual way, the Moroccan and Congolese candidacies at the level of regional and international bodies.

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