FMs Nasser Bourita And Geoffrey Onyeama On Moroccan-Nigerian Cooperation

Bilateral relations have experienced a positive boost in all areas, particularly following the royal visit to Nigeria in December 2016 and that of President Buhari to Morocco in June 2018.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, met on Tuesday May 4th, 2021 by videoconference, with Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

During this meeting, Bourita extended his congratulations to the Nigerian Minister, following the election of Ms. Ngozi Okonjo as the first African woman to head the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The two ministers underlined the quality of the relations between Morocco and Nigeria, marked by fraternity and solidarity, thanks to the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Bourita and Onyeama also expressed their willingness to develop this cooperation and raise the exchanges to a higher level and reaffirmed the commitment to build a strategic partnership in different sectors for the benefit of the two nations.

In the same context, the two ministers underlined the importance of strengthening the dynamic of economic cooperation between the various departments concerned, recalling the great networking potential offered to people interested in business in the two countries.

They also welcomed the progress made in the joint establishment of the chemical platform in Nigeria, amounting to 1.3 billion USD, which will produce ammonia and various fertilizers, noting that these strategic projects and mutually benefits are a true embodiment of South-South cooperation.

Furthermore, the two ministers agreed to hold regular consultations on issues of common interest at both regional and continental levels, and reaffirmed their commitment to promote peace, stability and prosperity in West Africa and the Sahel region.

The Moroccan Minister also reiterated his congratulations to Nigeria on the election of Ambassador Adeoye Bankole as Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union.

On a final note, Bourita and Onyeama pledged to hold the next Mixed Commission as soon as conditions allow.

It is worth noting that Nasser Bourita had video talks with a number of ministers and ambassadors recently. This included the Djiboutian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, who shared a post via Twitter saying, “today, we held a remote meeting with my counterpart and my brother, His Excellency Mr. Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco. We reviewed the files of bilateral relations, as well as the political and security situation prevailing in our region, and two agreements were signed in the field of cooperation between our two countries.”

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