EU top diplomat hails Morocco’s role in peace, stability in the region as “’Important”
The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has hailed the role played by Morocco in peace and stability in the region as “important”.
Speaking at a joint press briefing Thursday in Rabat, after talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, Josep Borell said the talks focused on “old and new geopolitical challenges” that Morocco and the EU “must face”, as well as the various issues relating to the regional neighborhood and the international scene, including “the Maghreb, Libya, the Sahel, Iran and the Russia-Ukraine war.”
The head of European diplomacy expressed special thanks to Morocco for “the important role” it plays for the stability of Libya.
Borrell also announced the launch of new initiatives to further strengthen the Morocco-EU partnership, citing in particular in this context the high-level dialogue on security to be held soon in Rabat.
Touching on the structural reforms spearheaded by King Mohammed VI, Josep Borrell voiced the EU’s commitment to support Morocco in these important reforms and welcomed the Sovereign’s willingness to make Morocco move forward.
The head of European diplomacy also stressed the importance of “building a more ambitious vision for the Morocco-EU partnership”.
He said, in this context, that it is necessary to concretize the commitments made in particular in the areas of the fight against climate change and energy transition, but also in social protection, health and education.
“We have many topics to explore to deepen our partnership,” he said, stressing the imperative to capitalize on common achievements to “look towards a more friendly future”.
Borrell is on an official two-day visit to Morocco to deepen dialogue on the implementation of the EU-Morocco partnership, including in the context of the new Mediterranean Agenda.
The landmark partnership between Morocco and the European Union has continued to develop in recent years, becoming a reference in the EU’s neighborhood policy.