This shared determination was expressed by European Commissioner for Trade, Phil Hogan, and Moroccan Minister of Industry & Trade Moulay Hafid Elalamy, at a meeting held Friday in Brussels.
The two officials, who were meeting for the first time since Phil Hogan took over the position of Commissioner for Trade, discussed means to resume negotiations between the European Union and Morocco in trade and other areas and agreed to move forward in this process.
Phil Hogan said following the talks he expects progress in negotiations with a view to deepening EU-Morocco relations.
Hogan, while expressing satisfaction at the level and quality of cooperation between the two parties, underlined the need to further strengthen bilateral cooperation, notably through a deep and comprehensive free trade agreement.
The European Commissioner is planning to visit Morocco shortly.
Echoing his European interlocutor, Elalamy said the two sides are optimistic as to the future of their partnership.
“We have exchanged several ideas with the aim of strengthening our partnership in the next few years and we are very optimistic,” Elalamy pointed out.