FM Nasser Bourita And His Sudanese Counterpart On Morocco-Sudan Bilateral Relations

Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi commended the positions of Morocco, which has remained supportive of Sudan on all issues, emphasizing Sudan's supportive stance for Morocco in all matters, especially when it comes to the Kingdom's territorial integrity.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, held a meeting, yesterday, Friday, via videoconference, with his Sudanese counterpart, Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi.

The two sides affirmed the depth and strength of the historical relations linking Morocco and Sudan, and the need to work on promoting them in all aspects.

On this occasion, Bourita congratulated Al-Mahdi on the successes that have been achieved and culminated in Sudan’s return to the international community, the lifting of all economic restrictions and the removal of its name from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.

The Minister also expressed Morocco’s readiness to provide its expertise in the areas of training, capacity building, providing additional scholarships, and increasing investments in some sectors, and called for benefiting from his country’s experience in transitional justice.

On a different note, Bourita affirmed Morocco’s support for Sudan in the issue of the Renaissance Dam, pointing to our country’s membership of the committee formed by the League of Arab States to attract international support for the position of Sudan and Egypt. He also praised, in this regard, Sudan’s position, which was characterized by its sober handling of the Renaissance Dam file and its quest to reach an agreement that satisfies all parties.

For her part, the Sudanese Minister gave an extensive explanation of the overall political situation in Sudan and developments in the file of the Renaissance Dam and Sudan’s position on the unilateral measures taken by Ethiopia in its initiation of the second phase of filling the dam without reaching a binding agreement on controversial issues, referring also to the Ethiopian allegations about Sudanese lands in al-Fashqa area.

In the same context, Al-Mahdi stressed that Sudan seeks to resolve the differences over the dam peacefully through the mediation of the African Union, and that the intransigence of the other party may drag the region into pitfalls with ominous consequences. Moreover, the Sudanese diplomat commended the positions of Morocco, which has remained supportive of Sudan on all issues, emphasizing Sudan’s supportive stance for Morocco in all matters, especially when it comes to the Kingdom’s territorial integrity.

Lastly, the two parties agreed to start implementing the work of the Joint Ministerial Committee and the Political Consultation Committee, and work to review the memoranda of understanding and agreements signed between the two countries and update them to keep pace with political and economic developments. Bourita also invited the Al-Mahdi to visit Morocco at the earliest opportunity to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries.

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