The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, met on Tuesday by videoconference with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Prak Sokhonn.
During this meeting, the two ministers agreed to strengthen bilateral relations through the upcoming holding of the 3rd session of Political Consultations and the next Joint Commission and by giving a strong impetus to trade to raise them to a level that reflects excellent political relations.
Bourita and Prak Sokhonn reviewed the areas that will be the subject of further cooperation, including industry, tourism, textiles and training, stressing the importance of sharing experiences, said a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad.
The two parties also discussed new areas of cooperation in the regional framework, and in particular the strengthening of ties between Morocco and the Southeast Asian sub-region.
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Nasser Bourita recalled, in this regard, that Morocco is the first Arab and African country to have obtained the status of Observer Member of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (AIPA) and of Associate Membership in 2021 with the integration of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO).
Morocco also signed, in 2016, a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which Cambodia currently holds the presidency.
With regard to the question of the Moroccan Sahara, the two ministers welcomed the constructive position of the Kingdom of Cambodia which broke its relations with the pseudo “rasd” and which has no link with this fictitious entity.
Cambodia reiterated, on this occasion, its support for the efforts of the United Nations and the resolutions of the Security Council relating to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.
At the multilateral level, Nasser Bourita and Prak Sokhonn welcomed the coordination between the two countries in international forums and pledged to continue this cooperation and support their respective candidacies.
In this regard, Nasser Bourita reaffirmed Morocco’s support for Cambodia’s candidacy to obtain Observer Status with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
At the end of this meeting, he renewed the invitation addressed to Prak Sokhonn to reschedule his visit to Morocco initially scheduled for April 2020 but which was postponed due to the health situation.