Rabat and Madrid Want to Revitalize Rail Cooperation

Rabat – Morocco and Spain agreed on Thursday to encourage technical exchanges between rail operators of the two countries and promote the sharing of experiences in the sector.

Mohamed Abdeljalil, the Moroccan minister of transport and logistics, and Raquel Sánchez Jiménez, the Spanish minister of transport, mobility, and urban agenda, discussed cooperation in these areas during a working meeting that was held in conjunction with the 12th session of the Morocco-Spain High Level Meeting (HLM).

According to Sánchez Jiménez, who spoke to the press, Morocco is committed to the dynamic development of a “very interesting” railway plan. He described the collaboration between the two countries in the railway sector as wise and advantageous.

The representative mentioned that Spain has recently gained experience in rail infrastructure through both private and public companies, including RENFE and ADIF.

She added that both parties have discussed ways to improve the licensing regimes as well as other topics pertaining to international road transport and that they have both agreed to continue working in the joint group set up for this purpose.

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The focus, according to Sánchez Jiménez, who was joined by Isabel Pardo De Vera, Secretary of State for Transport, was on ways to enhance the Strait of Gibraltar’s transit operation and make it simpler from an operational standpoint.

For his part, Abdeljalil noted that Morocco is driven by a strong desire to cover its territory with more lines and that this meeting will give new impetus to exchanges and collaborative work in the field of rail transport in particular.

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