Morocco, Russia Ink Judiciary Cooperation Accord
A partnership and cooperation agreement in the field of justice was signed Monday in Moscow between the Russian Supreme Court and the Moroccan Court of Cassation.
Under the accord, the Moroccan and Russian highest courts agree to enhance consultation on legal issues, exchange experiences, publications on judicial proceedings and visits between the two countries’ experts.
They also agree to cooperate in training and to work together to strengthen the role of the judicial power and the independence of the judiciary system.
This agreement comes few weeks after the visit paid to Morocco by Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, a visit crowned with the signing of several cooperation deals in the fields of customs, agriculture, trade, energy efficiency, renewable energies, nuclear energy as well as military cooperation.
Moroccan-Russian relations are witnessing a momentum since the visit paid by King Mohammed VI to Russia in March 2016 during which a strategic partnership was set out by the two countries.
During his latest visit to Morocco, Dmitri Medvedev described Morocco as a key strategic partner to Russia in the MENA region, saying that his country is willing to foster cooperation with the North African kingdom in strategic fields such as peaceful use of nuclear energy and LNG supply.
He also expressed Russia’s willingness to share expertise with Morocco in the fields of industry, military and security.
Head of the Moroccan Government Saad Eddine EL Othmani had on his part said that bilateral cooperation prospects are promising in energy, industry and agriculture, and that Morocco looks forward to upgrading its military and security ties with Russia.
Morocco’s total trade volume with Russia rose from some $200 million in 2001 to about $2.5 billion in 2016.
According to some press reports, Morocco is interested in the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles. This system has a range of 400km and can shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously, aiming two missiles at each one.