Morocco’s FM Holds Talks with GCC Secretary-General

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita, on Tuesday, held talks through videoconference with Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), Nayef Falah Mbarek Al-Hajraf.

On this occasion, the two parties discussed the existing strategic partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Gulf Cooperation Council since 2011, welcoming the important milestones achieved by this partnership thanks to the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, and His brothers, the leaders of the member states of the GCC. The two parties also agreed to extend their joint work plan until 2024, says a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Bourita expressed the will of the Kingdom of Morocco to continue working with the General Secretariat and the Gulf States to further develop this partnership, by establishing a new stage of cooperation and through a participatory framework which strengthens political, economic, commercial and human relations between the two parties, embodying the vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, mentioned in the Royal Speech at the Morocco-Gulf Countries Summit in Riyadh held on April 20, 2016.

During this virtual meeting, the GCC Secretary-General praised the efforts of His Majesty, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, in defending the special status of Al-Quds, protecting its Islamic character, preserving the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and defending the historical identity of this city as a land for coexistence of the monotheistic religions, according to the same source.

The Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council reaffirmed the firm position of the GCC States in favor of Morocco’s sovereignty over its Sahara and its territorial integrity, considering that any solution to this regional conflict can only take place in the framework of the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Bourita also praised Morocco’s relationship with the countries of the GCC which is characterized by many common points and a continued solidarity, underlining the support of the Kingdom of Morocco for the security and stability of the Gulf States, and its rejection of any threat to its brother countries.

Talks also covered a number of Arab and regional issues, on which the two sides expressed their similar opinions, the statement concludes.

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