The Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and the United Nations of the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, congratulated, Tuesday in Rabat, the solid and fruitful relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom which date back more than eight centuries and which will continue to strengthen.
“I am delighted with the relations, the partnership and the strong friendship that exist between our two nations, (…) and I am happy to see the strong interest and alignment between Morocco and the United Kingdom”, declared Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon during a press briefing following his talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita, on the sidelines of the holding of the 4th session of the Strategic Dialogue between the two countries.
“The partnership between the two Kingdoms dates back more than eight centuries and it will continue to grow stronger,” said the British minister, noting that the relationship between the two Kingdoms extends to a number of key sectors such as education, trade and climate change. The shared goal and ambition is to build a safer and more secure planet when it comes to the environment and conflict resolution, he added.
This collaboration, he continued, also covers defense and security-related issues, transnational crime and the fight against terrorism, underlining “the close link between our respective defense and security teams”. which constitute an essential basis of bilateral relations.
Referring to the fundamental pillar of education, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon noted the common objective of equipping “our next generation, our young people, with the skills and knowledge they need for the future”, particularly “in terms of technology”. .
In this wake, he highlighted the inauguration in April in Casablanca of the first British university campus of the University of Coventry.
Recalling the annual bilateral trade which today is close to 3 billion pounds sterling, the British minister expressed the wish to develop it further.
” It is great to see so many Brits choosing Morocco and boosting trade across multiple sectors, confirming and consolidating our job-creating economic relationship for both countries.”he rejoiced.
He also indicated that he had discussed regional issues with Nasser Bourita, in particular illegal immigration, as well as the pursuit of efforts in favor of peace and stability, emphasizing the international prospects for cooperation, such as climate action, clean energy and green growth.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon also welcomed the choice of the United Kingdom as guest of honor at the 15th edition of the International Agricultural Show in Morocco (SIAM).