SAHARA: UK REAFFIRMS SUPPORT TO UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2602 HAILING MOROCCO’S SERIOUS, CREDIBLE EFFORTS
WEDNESDAY 08 DECEMBER 2021
The United Kingdom reaffirmed, Wednesday in London, its support to the UN Security Council Resolution 2602 which welcomes the “serious” and “credible” efforts of Morocco to resolve the conflict over the Moroccan Sahara
In a joint statement at the end of the 3rd session of the Morocco-UK strategic dialogue, held between British Foreign Minister Liz Truss and Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita, the United Kingdom stressed “the primary role” of the United Nations in the process of settling this dispute.
The two countries also welcomed the appointment of the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, and reiterated their full support for his efforts to find a solution to this long-standing dispute
MFA NASSER BOURITA MEETS BRITISH COUNTERPART IN LONDON, MS. LIZ TRUSS
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, met Wednesday, December 8, in London, the British Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Ms. Liz Truss.
During these talks, the two Ministers reaffirmed their common vision for the establishment of a strategic partnership between the two countries, through the strengthening of political dialogue, the deepening of economic relations and security cooperation and the promotion of human and cultural ties
In this sense, the two parties adopted a joint Morocco-UK political Declaration and signed two decisions setting up the main bodies of the new Morocco-UK Association Agreement, concluded between the two countries in 2019, namely the Council and the Association Committee.
They also set up a sub-committee in charge of trade, investment, services, agriculture, fisheries, sanitary and phytosanitary aspects (SPS), and customs
The two sides also pledged to continue their coordination in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change
MFA Bourita and Ms. Truss highlighted on this occasion the history of friendly and mutually beneficial relations between the two kingdoms. They welcomed the celebration this year of the 300th anniversary of the signing of the first trade treaty between Morocco and the United Kingdom, on January 23, 1721 in Fez
Ms. Truss took the opportunity to commend, on behalf of the British government, the reforms undertaken by Morocco under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI for a stronger, more open and dynamic Moroccan society and economy. She also praised the success of the vaccination campaign conducted by the Kingdom in response to the Covid-19 pandemic
MFA Bourita, for his part, expressed, on behalf of the government of Morocco, appreciation for the UK’s support for the launch of the Moroccan vaccine manufacturing initiative, improving the health resilience of Morocco and Africa and generating economic results and highly skilled jobs in the productive sectors
MFA Bourita also had fruitful exchanges with Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa at at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office of the United Kingdom, James Cleverly
Morocco and the UK also held the first session of their Association Council, which will serve as a platform to deepen the Morocco-GB economic partnership