Rabat & Amsterdam open new chapter in their relationship after diplomatic spat

Rabat & Amsterdam open new chapter in their relationship after diplomatic spat

Morocco and the Netherlands have agreed to bury the hatchet and open a new chapter in their relationship after disagreements over several issues that sparked tension between the two countries during the past years.

A joint action plan was signed remotely Thursday by Director of Political affairs at Moroccan foreign ministry Fouad Yazourh and his Dutch peer Thijs Van Der Plas to strengthen political dialogue and partnership between the two countries.

They agreed to respect the sovereignty and institutions of each other and abide by the rules of partnership taking into account the two countries’ mutual interests.

The two countries agreed to ensure transparency in NGOs funding and hold permanent dialogue to facilitate information-sharing and respect each country’s laws and regulations.

The fundamental goal of these commitments is to strengthen bilateral relations on sound and solid foundations and give a new impetus to cooperation between the two countries within the frame of the EU-Morocco strategic partnership, while opening up huge business opportunities for a triangular cooperation in Africa.

In their action plan, Morocco and the Netherlands also pledged to encourage trade and continue cooperation in the fields of agriculture, water, sustainable energy, education, culture, migration, security, justice and law enforcement.

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