MFA Nasser Bourita Holds Talks with His Rwandan Counterpart

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 M. Bourita s'entretient avec son homologue rwandais
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita held today, May 10, 2021, a videoconference with Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Vincent Biruta, as part of the ties of friendship and brotherhood between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Rwanda, and in accordance with the willingness of the two brotherly countries to further strengthen their cooperation relations.

During this meeting, the two Ministers praised the excellent ties of friendship and solidarity between the two brotherly countries and praised the quality of feelings of esteem and respect that characterize the relationship between their Heads of State, His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His brother His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda.

Regarding bilateral cooperation, the two sides reaffirmed their willingness to make every effort to further strengthen their relations, intensify and diversify their cooperation, to give it a strategic multisectoral character.

They highlighted the important role of public/private and private/private partnerships which are key factors in the promotion and development of bilateral relations, encouraging, on this occasion, the economic operators of both countries to intensify their efforts to establish a win-win partnership, as a lever for socio-economic development and generator of common wealth.

In this regard, Mr. Bourita and Mr. Biruta welcomed the creation of a Moroccan-Rwandan business council, likely to facilitate and encourage businessmen from both countries to seize existing business opportunities, noting that both parties have agreed to hold the 2nd session of the Great Joint Commission of Cooperation in Kigali on a date to be mutually agreed through diplomatic channels and as soon as the current health situation allows it.

Both Ministers also reviewed the status of implementation and monitoring of agreements signed between the two countries and other commitments made by both sides.

To this end, they welcomed the creation, in early 2020, of a monitoring committee of bilateral cooperation agreements and agreed to further strengthen collaborative actions to include other growth sectors.

They agreed to capitalize on the complementarities of the two countries in a mutually beneficial partnership and to act so that each of the two countries is for the other an anchor in the defense of mutual interests at regional, continental and international levels.

The two Ministers expressed concern about security challenges, including terrorist groups, cross-border crime and factors of instability, notably separatist movements that inhibit integration efforts at the continental and subregional levels.

In addition, Mr. Biruta considered that the participation of speaker of the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Morocco, Habib El Malki, on May 8, in the 27th Commemoration of the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsis, was a strong signal of solidarity with the brotherly Rwandan people.

Regarding the Sahara issue, the Rwandan Minister noted Morocco's efforts to reach a negotiated political solution to the regional dispute over this question, expressing the firm support of the Republic of Rwanda within the framework and in compliance with Decision 693 of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in July 2018.

For his part, Mr. Bourita congratulated his counterpart for the decisive role played by the Rwandan leadership, during the rotating presidency of the African Union (AU) for the year 2018, in the institutional reform of the AU, including the autonomy of the financing of this pan-African institution and the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area and the fund for peace.

The two Ministers also commended the quality of coordination between the two parties at the continental (AU and regional partnerships) and international (UN) levels and agreed to increase this coordination as well as their political consultations on issues of common interest affecting Africa.

On this basis, they agreed to support, in a concerted and mutual way, the Moroccan and Rwandan candidacies at the regional and international levels.

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