MFA Nasser Bourita holds talks with his Guinea-Bissau's counterpart

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MFA Nasser Bourita holds talks with his Guinea-Bissau's counterpart
Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita held talks on May 11th, 2021, by videoconference, with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Communities, Ms. Suzi Carla Barbosa, as part of the consolidation of the ties of solidarity, friendship and fraternal cooperation that have always existed between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Guinea Bissau.

During this meeting, the two ministers praised the level achieved in the cooperation relations between the two countries under the aegis of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, H.E. Umaro Sissoco Embalo, especially after the Royal visit to Guinea Bissau in 2015.

Bourita and Barbosa commended the level of bilateral relations covering all aspects of cooperation, including mining, agriculture, fisheries, air and maritime transport, housing, water and electricity, agribusiness, banking, sanitation, the field of worship, etc., calling for diversifying and deepening them further.

Bourita reiterated the thanks of Morocco to Guinea Bissau for its constant and firm support to the territorial integrity of Morocco, including the opening of a Consulate General of Guinea Bissau in Dakhla in October 2020, and the support expressed to the action of Morocco after the liberation of the passage at the border post of El Guerguarat between Morocco and Mauritania.

Suzi Carla Barbosa, for her part, renewed her country's firm support for a negotiated, consensual and final political solution to the dispute over the Moroccan Sahara and compliance with Decision 693, adopted at the level of African Heads of State, at the African Union Summit in Nouakchott, in July 2018, which reaffirmed the exclusivity of the United Nations as a framework for the search for a political, mutually agreeable, realistic, pragmatic and sustainable solution to the Sahara issue.

On the regional level, the two ministers affirmed the commitment of their countries to the continent and welcomed the leadership and commitment of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and President Umaro Sissoco Embalo, for the development and prosperity of Africa.

They reaffirmed the commitment of their Heads of State to work together for the economic development of the continent in the post-Covid context and for the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The two ministers committed themselves to a better coordination of their actions and mutual support, in regional and international forums, to create conditions for lasting peace and regional and international security.

Suzi Carla Barbosa also expressed the unconditional support of Guinea Bissau to the candidacy of Morocco for the post of Commissioner of the African Union Commission in the fields of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.

The two ministers agreed to instruct their Permanent Representatives in New York, Geneva and the African Union to coordinate their actions and decisions on issues of common interest.

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