MFA Nasser Bourita holds talks with his Turkmen counterpart

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MFA Nasser Bourita holds talks with his Turkmen counterpart
The fourth session of Political Consultations between Morocco and Turkmenistan, at the level of Foreign ministers, took place on July 08, 2021, by videoconference between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita and the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Mr. Rashid Meredov.

During these consultations, the two ministers welcomed, first of all, the excellent level of the relations between the two brotherly countries and insisted on the need to raise them to the level of the aspirations of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Mr. Bourita praised the good management by Turkmenistan of the Covid-19 crisis and the initiative launched by the Turkmen President to establish an "International Council of Medical Scientists", which would serve as a platform for dialogue on new health and medical challenges.

For his part, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov, hailed Morocco's exemplary management of the response to Covid-19, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him.

The two ministers called for the intensification of exchanges of visits of senior officials and parliamentary delegations in order to strengthen political dialogue and consolidate bilateral cooperation.

They also agreed to focus, initially, on the development of cooperation in the sectors of petrochemicals, agriculture, fertilizers, tourism and health and stressed the importance of accelerating the finalization of draft bilateral agreements relating to the fields of taxation, agriculture, crafts and railways.

Mr. Bourita and Mr. Meredov, who reiterated the interest to strengthen economic and trade relations, also agreed to promote investment and establish a Morocco-Turkmen Business Council.

The two parties stressed, moreover, the importance of socio-cultural exchanges and strengthening the bringing together between the two friendly peoples, through participation in cultural events and international festivals organized in each of the two countries.

In this regard, the two ministers agreed on the celebration, next year, of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Turkmenistan, through the programming of actions and events reflecting the depth of the friendship that binds the two peoples.

The two parties agreed on the strengthening of student exchanges, through the reciprocal granting of educational places in Moroccan and Turkmen institutes and universities for the benefit of students from both countries.

On this occasion, Mr. Bourita and Mr. Meredov adopted a new roadmap that outlines the cooperation between the two countries during the period 2022-2023 and agreed to hold soon, in person, when the health situation allows, the first session of the Joint Commission of Cooperation.

S'agissant du Sahara marocain, M. Meredov a réitéré le soutien du Turkménistan, déjà exprimé durant sa visite au Maroc en 2020, à la proposition marocaine d'autonomie ainsi qu'aux efforts des Nations Unies pour parvenir à une résolution politique, durable et mutuellement acceptable à ce différend régional.

Mr. Meredov reiterated Turkmenistan's support, already expressed during his visit to Morocco in 2020, for the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative and the United Nations efforts to reach a political, lasting resolution, mutually acceptable to this regional dispute.

At the multilateral level, both parties welcomed the excellent collaboration, mutual support and coordination of positions within regional and international organizations, particularly at the level of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Mr. Meredov thanked Morocco for its membership in the "Group of Friends of Neutrality for the Promotion of Peace, Security and Sustainable Development", created at the initiative of Turkmenistan.

The Turkmen Minister also renewed the invitation to Bourita to make an official visit to Turkmenistan, the dates of which will be determined by mutual agreement.

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