Morocco, Turkmenistan Sign Three Agreements to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation

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Morocco, Turkmenistan Sign Three Agreements to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation
Rabat - Morocco and Turkmenistan signed, on Wednesday in Rabat, three agreements aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation relations in various fields.

The agreements were signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, and his Turkmen counterpart, Rachid Meredov.

The two countries inked a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of a joint commission aimed at facilitating consultations between the two countries and strengthening cooperation in all areas of common interest.

They also signed an agreement on the abolition of visas for holders of diplomatic and service passports between the two countries, exempting them from the visa formality on the basis of reciprocity.

Both countries have also drawn up a roadmap between the ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two parties for the period 2020-2021, which aims to put in place an action plan for bilateral cooperation in politics and diplomacy, legal cooperation, trade and economy as well as culture.

In a statement to the press after the signing ceremony, Meredov noted that over the past 28 years, the two countries have continuously developed their bilateral relations in the diplomatic, economic, scientific and cultural fields, stressing that his talks with Bourita provided an opportunity to discuss the development of economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries.

In this regard, the two countries have signed three important documents that will enable the development of bilateral relations, he said.

"We have also discussed the development of interaction between the two countries at the level of international organizations and particularly the United Nations," Meredov said, noting that in the past, Morocco has always supported the resolutions initiated by Turkmenistan at the level of the UN General Assembly, as well as its candidacies at the level of UN bodies.

For his part, Mr. Bourita noted that the head of Turkmen diplomacy was carrying a message from president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov to HM King Mohammed VI, specifying that this visit was an opportunity to take stock of the excellent relations based on fraternity, friendship and solidarity that have linked the two countries since the establishment of their diplomatic relations.

"There is a willingness to strengthen these relations in all areas," he said, noting that three agreements have been signed to this end, with a view to strengthening the legal framework of relations between the two countries and launching a series of initiatives that will make it possible to consolidate bilateral cooperation in the economic, trade and investment fields.

The creation of the joint commission will make it possible to accompany the development of bilateral relations and complement the regular political consultations between the two countries, he underlined.

Also, Mr. Bourita, who thanked Turkmenistan for its "constructive and honorable" positions on issues of paramount importance to Morocco, said that the two countries had agreed to encourage sectoral visits, to strengthen cooperation between the economic institutions of the two countries and to continue coordination at the level of international organizations.

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