The German Foreign Ministry has revealed details of what has been reported regarding the freezing of more than 1.4 billion euros (equivalent to 14.8 billion dirhams) in financial aid intended for the Kingdom of Morocco, in because of the repercussions of the diplomatic crisis between the two countries.
In an exclusive response given to MoroccoLatestNews Ar, the German Foreign Ministry has indeed confirmed the freezing of this financial assistance, which it granted in 2020, as part of the mitigation of the repercussions of the coronavirus health crisis and as part of the partnership between the two country.
The German Foreign Ministry said that “ the decision of the Moroccan government, announced on March 1, to suspend all contact with the German Embassy in Morocco, including the Department of Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as the organizations responsible for the implementation of development programs KFW and GIZ has a direct impact “.
” Without contact with the Moroccan government, it is impossible to currently implement the commitments that have been approved. Therefore, a close return to a normal bilateral relationship is certainly an important prerequisite for the continuation of what we consider, from our point of view, to be a very fruitful cooperation. », Assures German diplomacy.
The response of the German Foreign Ministry means that the fate of this financial aid remains suspended until the restoration of contacts and diplomatic relations between Rabat and Berlin.
The German Foreign Ministry added, in its statement to MoroccoLatestNews Ar: ” Morocco is one of our most important partners in the field of development cooperation “Noting that” Germany remains the largest bilateral donor to Morocco. In 2020, Germany agreed to provide around 1.4 billion euros, as part of the mitigation of the repercussions of the health crisis and as part of the Partnership for Reforms agreement. “.
In response to MoroccoLatestNews Ar’s question on the efforts of the two countries to resolve the existing crisis, the German Foreign Ministry said it was “ always open to dialogue ”, but that he also waited however “A response from the Moroccan side “.
” We were surprised by the recall of the Moroccan ambassador to Germany in Rabat on May 6, which unfortunately we were not informed in advance by the Moroccan side. Until this sudden decision by Morocco, we worked very hard to create a constructive dialogue aimed at quickly resolving the crisis. “Informs the German Foreign Ministry before confirming” that it is always in the interest of Germany and Morocco to maintain a broad diplomatic relationship “.
In Berlin, Morocco and Germany signed on November 29, 2019 a memorandum for the establishment of the ” Partnership for Reforms “, Which constitutes a bilateral contribution from Germany within the framework of the G20 Initiative” Compact with Africa ”.
This partnership for reforms concluded between Morocco and Germany revolves around a support program with a financial envelope of up to 571 million euros over the period 2020-2022, to implement the reforms in which the Kingdom is committed, particularly in terms of improving the business and investment climate, reform of the financial sector and the promotion of advanced regionalization, with the aim of increasing the potential of the private sector and promote the growth of a sustainable economy that creates more employment opportunities.