Nasser Bourita, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccans Abroad, met with Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on Monday in Budapest.
On this occasion, the two ministers hailed Morocco and Hungary’s excellent relations while reaffirming their willingness to deepen them further through cooperation in new areas and the strengthening of dialogue on matters of mutual interest.
They also emphasized the significance of increasing the degree of economic and trade cooperation to match the perfection of the two nations’ political relations.
In this context, the two officials praised the fourth session of the Joint Economic Commission, which is set to take place in Budapest in March 2022, as well as the convening of a business conference on the sidelines of this meeting.
Mr. Szijjártó praised Morocco’s far-reaching reforms over the last two decades under the intelligent leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, while also applauding the New Development Model and the Kingdom’s pursuit of enhanced regionalization.
He also emphasized Morocco’s importance as a regional source of stability, a preferred partner for African development, and a source of progress in the area.
The Hungarian Minister also expressed his support for the efforts made only under the auspices of the United Nations in order to achieve a political, practical, pragmatic, and long-term solution to the Sahara issue based on compromise.
He also restated his country’s support for the Moroccan Autonomy Plan, which was presented to the Secretary General of the United Nations on April 11, 2007, as well as the Kingdom’s efforts to develop its southern provinces.
Morocco, a strategic partner of the European Union, plays a vital and exemplary role in the fight against illegal immigration and terrorism, according to the Hungarian minister.
Mr. Szijjártó also reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the strategic partnership between Morocco and the European Union, as well as his country’s support for the Council of the European Union’s appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union against the European Court’s judgments on Morocco-EU agricultural and fisheries agreements.
In addition, the Hungarian minister reiterated his country’s support for Morocco’s candidacy for the United Nations Security Council, the Human Rights Council, and the IMO Council.
This meeting also provided Bourita and Szijjártó with an opportunity to emphasize the importance of developing cooperation, partnership, and dialogue between the EU and its southern neighbors, as well as with the Euro-African region, in order to provide common responses to all challenges confronting these regions, particularly in terms of security, stability, migration, and socioeconomic and human development.
Thus, the two ministers emphasized the significance of expanding triangular collaboration between Morocco, Hungary, and their African counterparts.
Bourita and Szijjártó also welcomed the expansion of their international cooperation, particularly the holding on Tuesday in Budapest of the first V4 + Morocco Meeting, which, according to the two ministers, will mark the beginning of a political dialogue between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Visegrad Group member states (V4).