This cooperation was discussed at a meeting Friday in Rabat between the two countries’ Foreign Ministers, Nasser bourita and Smael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who is visiting Morocco to take part in the 8th Africa Students and Youth Summit, held in Rabat.
The talks also tackled ways to boost cooperation between economic and cultural stakeholders of the two countries.
At a press briefing after the meeting, the Mauritanian official described Moroccan-Mauritanian relations as “distinguished” stressing the need to develop these relations even further.
“We have discussed the distinguished relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and Mauritania,” Smael Ould Cheikh Ahmed said, adding that Mauritania and Morocco share “the same vision” on several issues.
He also announced that the two countries are preparing the meeting of the joint commission.
Ould Cheikh Ahmed commended Morocco’s support for Mauritania in the area of student training, expressing his “gratitude to the Kingdom for having allowed Mauritanian students to have access to Moroccan universities, schools, and institutes for more than 40 years.”
He noted that this is his second visit to Morocco and that it would not be the last.
Moroccan-Mauritanian relations, which witnessed some tensions in the past, have been warming up steadily since the election of Mauritania’s new president, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, in July.
Also on Fridya, Bourita held talks with Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs Shirley Ayorkor Botchway and Guinean Foreign Minister Mamadi Toure.
Talks focused on cooperation between Morocco and the two West African countries.
The African officials are taking part in the 8th Africa Students’ and Youth Summit (ASYS) held in Rabat Dec.19 to 23.
ASYS is the flagship annual event of the All-Africa Students Union that brings together students and youth of African descent from within Africa and the diaspora.
The All-Africa Students Union (AASU) was formed in 1972 to galvanize the young people in Africa and the Diaspora, particularly students into all the efforts geared toward the development of the African Continent. Since its inception, the Union played a crucial role in the struggle against apartheid and the democratization of education, by mobilizing the African students and youth to rid the Continent off the last vestiges of colonialism.
Today, AASU has reinvented itself and is at the forefront of the fights for equal access to quality education, quality assurance in higher education, harmonization of curriculum, democratic governance, respect of human rights and gender equality, promotion of African culture, sustainable development, entrepreneurship development, etc.