Rabat, Abuja reaffirm commitment to building a strategic partnership

Morocco and Nigeria reaffirmed, Tuesday, their commitment to build a strategic partnership in various sectors, for the benefit of both nations.

During a videoconference meeting, the two countries’ Foreign Ministers Nasser Bourita and Geoffrey Onyeama expressed their willingness to develop bilateral cooperation and raise exchanges to a higher level.

They stressed, in this connection, the quality of relations between Morocco and Nigeria, marked by brotherhood and solidarity, thanks to the leadership of King Mohammed VI and President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

Bilateral relations have seen a positive impetus in all areas, especially following the Royal Visit to Nigeria in December 2016 and that of President Buhari to Morocco in June 2018.

 

Bourita and Onyeama also stressed the importance of strengthening the dynamics of economic cooperation between the various departments concerned, recalling the great potential for networking between the business communities of the two countries.

 

The two ministers also welcomed the progress made in the joint development of the $1.3 billion chemical platform in Nigeria, which will produce ammonia and various fertilizers, noting that these strategic and mutually beneficial projects are an eloquent achievement of South-South cooperation.

 

They also agreed to hold regular consultations on regional and continental issues of common interest and reaffirmed their commitment to promote peace, stability and prosperity in West Africa and the Sahel.

 

On this occasion, Bourita renewed his congratulations to Nigeria for the election of Ambassador Adeoye Bankole as Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union and extended his congratulations to the Nigerian minister following the election of Ngozi Okonjo, the first African woman elected to lead the WTO.

 

The two officials committed to hold the next Joint Commission as soon as the health conditions allow.

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