Mr. Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccans Abroad, and Ms. Liz Truss, British Minister of Foreign Affairs, met in London today for the third session of the strategic conversation between Morocco and the United Kingdom.
The Ministers emphasized their common vision for a strategic partnership between the two nations through improved political engagement, deeper economic and security cooperation, and the promotion of human and cultural linkages during their conversations.
In this respect, the two nations adopted a joint political declaration and signed two resolutions pertaining to the establishment of the key mechanisms of the United Kingdom-Morocco New Partnership Agreement, namely the Council and the Partnership Committee, which were signed in 2019.
A subcommittee on commerce, investment, services, farming, fishing, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, and customs was also constituted.
The two parties also agreed to keep working together in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
Mr. Bourita and Ms. Truss used this opportunity to underscore the two kingdoms’ long history of amicable and mutually beneficial cooperation. They paid respect to the 300th anniversary of the signing of the first trade deal between Morocco and the United Kingdom, which took place in Fez on January 23, 1721.
Ms. Truss used this opportunity to express her gratitude on behalf of the British government for Morocco’s reforms, which have resulted in a stronger, more open, and dynamic Moroccan society and economy under His Majesty King Mohammed VI’s leadership. It also praised the Kingdom’s vaccination campaign as a triumph in the fight against the “Covid-19” outbreak.
Mr. Bourita, speaking on behalf of the Moroccan government, thanked the UK for its support in launching the Moroccan Vaccine Manufacturing Initiative, which has enabled Morocco and Africa to improve their health while also achieving economic results and high-efficiency positions in the productive sectors.
Mr. Bourita also held interesting discussions with Mr. James Cleverly, Secretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa at the UK’s Office for Foreign, Commonwealth and International Development.
Morocco and the United Kingdom also convened the first meeting of the Collaboration Council, which will serve as a platform for the two countries’ economic partnership to grow.