Bourita: US-Morocco Relations Evolve Rapidly in Accordance with HM Mohammed VI’s Vision

US-Morocco relations evolve rapidly in accordance with His Majesty, King of Morocco, Mohammed VI’s vision and the US administration expressed Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita in Dakha’s Bilateral meeting last Sunday.

US-Morocco relations evolve rapidly in accordance with His Majesty, King of Morocco, Mohammed VI’s vision and the US administration expressed Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita in Dakha’s Bilateral meeting last Sunday.

He further clarified during this bilateral meeting with David Schenker, US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, that the relations between Morocco and the USA have witnessed important development in terms of frequent visits of US officials to Morocco and in terms of the signature of various agreements as well as the development of trade and mutual coordination.

Bourita stressed that Morocco-US relations are based on historical principles and shared values. He further added that the relations are founded on mutual interest and a synchronized vision towards different global issues. He went on explaining how Morocco could be the only country in the region which possesses unprecedented mechanisms in its relationship with USA.

Bourita further added that Morocco possesses a Free Trade Agreement and adopts a Strategic Dialogue in addition to being a strategic non-NATO ally partner, possessing different cooperation programs as well as various trade and cultural agreements.

Bourita considers that all of the above mechanisms add to the Moroccan-US relationship a special and outstanding flavor which stems from His Majesty’s permanent and ongoing diligence in reinforcing Morocco’s relation with its historical allies while being open to making new allies. He further added that the US has always been an exceptional permanent ally to Morocco for all its issues.

FM Nasser Bourita pointed out that the US-Morocco Relations are founded on four pillars. The first pillar concerns the political and diplomatic elements through the strategic dialogue and synchronizing the two countries’ attitudes which remain closely similar toward a number of global issues. The second pillar concerns security and military cooperation between the two countries in fields of anti-terrorism and organized crime in addition to coordination between Moroccan security interests and its US counterpart starting from collaborating together to establish peace and stability.

Bourita affirmed in this regard that Morocco has always been a stability-characterized pole in the regions of North Africa and Sahel as well as a central agent in anti-terrorism and organized crime across the world. He further reminded that according to His Majesty’s instructions, a ten-year-agreement was signed last October in the field of Military between the US and Morocco; on the meanwhile, an advisory committee will meet next week to implement the agreement’s acts.

Concerning the third pillar, Bourita pointed out that the Free Trade Agreement has doubled the bilateral exchange volume four times since its signature; thus, moving from 1.5 Billion to more than $5 US Billion of trade exchange. This trade exchange, pointed out Bourita, will evolve rapidly towards Africa in the future. The opening of the US consulate in Dakhla revolves around the orientation of Morocco towards Africa in terms of Trade and Investments.

Concerning the fourth and last pillar represented by the Human component. It concerns elements related to training via the establishment of four to five American schools in different Moroccan cities as well as different agreements in terms of culture and scholarships for Moroccans to study in the US which will contribute in establishing understanding on the human level between the US and Morocco and their peoples.

Bourita concluded that all of the four pillars give a special and personal touch to the US-Morocco relationship which will witness promising days in the future based on the achievements realized in each and every step of this relationship.

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