At the geographical level, Morocco is the nearest Arab country to the American continent. Hence, it continues to develop vis-à-vis this region a proximity policy implemented through the presence of many diplomatic and honorary consular representations.
Morocco gives a particular attention to the consolidation of its relations with Latino American countries. Besides the common history, Morocco has a population of more than five millions who speak Spanish language.
The most obvious indication of Morocco’s proximity policy is undoubtedly the historic trip which His Majesty the King Mohammed VI made, in November/December 2004, in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Chilli and Argentina. These Royal visits gave a new impetus to these relations, as they allowed the re-launching of Morocco’s cooperation with all these countries.
The frequency of exchange of visits between Morocco and these countries (Government members, parliamentarians, and business people) proves the strength as well as the quality of these relations.
At the institutional and judicial levels, Morocco has created Joint Commissions with many Latino-American countries.
Like most of Latino-American countries, Morocco is confronted to intricate social problems and the importance of the social projects advocated by His Majesty the King, since his enthronement, is that they constitute the relevant and pragmatic answer to such problems.
On the other hand, the importance given by Morocco to this part of the World could be seen in Morocco’s role in the holding of the first South America-Arab countries Summit in May 2005, in Brasilia and in its involvement in the different forums that took place in the aftermath.
That is to say that Morocco’s relations with Latino-American countries are strong and intense and that a lot of opportunities are still to be explored.
While implementing its foreign policy, the Kingdom of Morocco works hard to further strengthen its links of cooperation with all countries of South America and to stretch this cooperation to the Caribbean.
The Kingdom aspires to build genuine bridges with this region in order to consolidate the economic, technical and cultural exchanges between the two shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
Like Morocco, the Caribbean countries are part of a highly strategic region and are located at the crossroad of the biggest maritime roads.
These countries’ political importance in the United Nations Organization is undeniable and their influence within the ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) is considerable.
Despite geographical remoteness, Morocco gives a great importance to this region. The signing, in 1999, in Panama City, of an Association Agreement with the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and the participation of Moroccan troops, along with Spanish soldiers, in the Peace Keeping Operation in Haiti, prove the high level of Morocco’s partnership and solidarity, in favour of its friendly countries, in this part of the World.
Triggered by a desire to set up real and profound political consultations, on a regular basis, at the bilateral level or in the framework of CARICOM (Caribbean Community), Morocco is ready to share its experience and know-how in the various fields of interest for the Caribbean countries.