The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Salahedine Mezouar, held talks, on Friday 9 May 2014, in Rabat, with his Tunisian counterpart, Mr. Monji Hamdi, in the margins of the thirty second session of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs Council of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU).
In a statement following the meeting, Mr. Mezouar indicated that the meeting was an opportunity “to congratulate the Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the civilized choice opted for by Tunisia, and its major efforts on the way to building democracy, and fulfilling the hopes of the Tunisian people, who is eager for more freedom and democracy.”
He added that the talks focused on the continued support of Morocco and His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, to this process of “building and development, in addition to opening up promising prospects for the brotherly people”, recalling that the relations between Morocco and Tunisia have always been privileged and advanced, and have preserved the deep links and common horizons of the two peoples.”
Regarding the security in the Sahel-Saharan region, Mr. Mezouar affirmed that “we have the common conviction of the role we all can play in providing support to the momentum towards stability in sub-Saharan Africa, and at the level of strategic partnerships aiming at achieving development in Africa”, adding that “our shared objective is to strengthen the privileged partnership in the framework of the Maghreb Union, in order to contribute to achieving the ambitions of our people and to build the Arab Maghreb Union.”
For his part, the Tunisian Minister highlighted the depth of the ties between the two brotherly countries, affirming the willingness of his country to enhance them in all the areas. He stressed that the meeting was an opportunity “to express our admiration of the success of the Kingdom in its reforms and its modernization in all the fields, under the Leadership of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI.
The two High Officials also explored the ways to strengthen relations of cooperation in security, investment, and external trade, “which remain weak compared to the aspirations level of our peoples and our countries’ potential.