Partnership with Morocco Requires Strong Political Commitment, Mutual trust and Constant Transparency

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The partnership with Morocco requires a strong political commitment, mutual trust and constant transparency, MEP Gilles Pargneaux said.

Commenting the visit to Morocco of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Pargneaux stressed the need of protecting and strengthening dialogue between the European Union and Morocco.

“Morocco is a key partner for the European Union,” he pointed out.

“Security, energy, democracy, terrorism and regional stability are challenges that make the relationship between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco a must,” he noted, stressing the need to keep in mind that the security situation in the Sahel is of great concern and is linked to the security situation north of the Mediterranean Sea.

Mogherini will visit Morocco this Friday, EU sources said.

She will hold talks with a number of Moroccan officials following the kingdom’s decision on Feb. 25 to suspend its contact with the EU, except for exchanges on the appeal related to the EU-Morocco Agriculture Agreement.

On Feb. 26, the European Union expressed in a statement its readiness “to provide all clarifications and additional assurances to address Morocco’s concerns, so that contact and cooperation can be restored as soon as possible.”

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