MFA Nasser Bourita calls for strengthening regional and international cooperation frameworks to deal with Covid-19

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Rabat - Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, called today, during the 44th annual ministerial meeting of G77 member states and China, chaired by Guyana, to strengthen regional and international cooperation frameworks.

In a videoconference speech at this meeting, Mr. Bourita said the Coronavirus crisis, which has plunged the world into a deep economic recession, represents a real challenge for this group of developing countries.

"The impact of the Covid-19 crisis varies from country to country depending on its level of development," the minister noted, recalling that developing countries had to face existing vulnerabilities.

Emphasizing the weak regional and international cooperation frameworks revealed by the pandemic, Mr. Bourita supported the need for a multilateral approach to move forward together towards the fastest and safest way to restrain the pandemic.

In this context, Mr. Bourita recalled the South-South cooperation in the face of this pandemic as several countries have collaborated to meet the needs for medical equipment but also to exchange their skills, expertise and resources.

"Under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, May God Assist Him, Morocco has promoted an approach based on solidarity, co-development and shared responsibility," said the minister.

He added in this sense that Morocco has never ceased to raise initiatives at the regional and inter-regional level through South-South and triangular cooperation despite the challenges presented by this pandemic. The initiative of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, May God Assist Him, to send medical aid to African countries with the aim to fight the Coronavirus is the perfect illustration of this approach.

Mr. Bourita concluded his speech by calling for a collective awareness to strengthen cooperation and to deploy synergies, calling on to make of Group of 77 and China “the ideal setting for this praiseworthy initiative”.


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