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H.E. Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates of the Kingdom of Morocco, held a meeting with H.E. Ms. Nancy Tembo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Malawi, on the sidelines of her participation in the US-Africa Business Summit that took place in Marrakech from July 19 to 22, 2022.

H.E. Nasser Bourita and H.E. Nancy Tembo highlighted the strong and longstanding relations of friendship and mutual solidarity that bind the two countries and their highest authorities, and underscored the commitment of the two Governments to work together to lift Morocco- Malawi relations to a new high.

H.E. Nasser Bourita and H.E. Nancy Tembo welcomed the steady deepening, broadening and development of their friendship and cooperation, and the announcement of both the opening of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Lilongwe as well as the Embassy of the Republic of Malawi in Rabat.

The meeting provided an opportunity to review the entire spectrum of bilateral relations in different sectors. The two sides expressed satisfaction at the steady pace of mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries, and agreed that there was scope for deeper and wider collaboration in many fields such as security, agriculture, renewable energy, health, education, vocational training, mining, energy and decentralized cooperation.

In this regard, both sides agreed to sign a bilateral road map of cooperation for the period 2022-2024, which marks the ambition of the kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Malawi to consolidate their bilateral relations, based on mutual respect, a strong partnership and an active solidarity, especially in the following areas:

  • Education and training;
  • Technical cooperation;
  • Security field;
  • Economic promotion and investment;
  • Exchange of official visits. 

Both sides have also reiterated the importance of the Joint Commission for Cooperation as a key mechanism to strengthen ongoing collaboration between the two countries and acknowledged the necessity of holding it regularly. They agreed that the Inaugural Session the JCC in Morocco at a date to be determined through diplomatic channels.

Both sides highlighted the important economic potential offered by the two respective countries. They reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to develop their mutually beneficial economic partnership, and to increase two-way trade to a satisfactory level. In this regard, they agreed to create a more enabling environment for mutual investment and to encourage the business communities of both countries to fully explore and take advantage of the opportunities offered by their growing markets and expanding infrastructure.

At the multilateral level, both sides called for the development of a high-level joint political dialogue and stressed the importance of intensifying their contacts with the aim of further harmonizing their positions within multilateral institutions, such as the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN).

Regarding the Sahara issue, H.E. Nancy Tembo:

  • Reiterated the Republic of Malawi’s unwavering support for the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco; 
  • Commended the efforts of the United Nations (UN) as the exclusive framework for achieving a political, realistic, practical and lasting solution to the regional dispute;
  • Reaffirmed the Republic of Malawi’s support for the Moroccan Autonomy Plan presented by the Kingdom of Morocco in 2007, as the one and only solution to solve this regional dispute.

Upon concluding the meeting, H.E. Nancy Tembo, on behalf of the Malawian delegation, expressed her gratitude and appreciation to H.E. Minister Bourita, the Government and people of the Kingdom of Morocco for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to her and her delegation during the visit.

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