Nasser Bourita announced Thursday discussions on tripartite cooperation between Morocco, Israel and the European Commission.
“We aspire for 2023 to be a year of commitments and implementation, first in the implementation of the agreements signed, but also through the opening up of new horizons of cooperation”, declared the head of Moroccan diplomacy, during a press conference with the European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi.
“We will continue, in a positive spirit, to translate the opportunities offered by this partnership into concrete projects that contribute to deepening the Morocco-EU rapprochement, within the framework of the neighborhood policy and the new agenda for the Mediterranean”added the minister.
Olivér Várhelyi came to Morocco to sign 5 agreements with Morocco within the framework of the Morocco-EU partnership, and to meet Moroccan officials such as Nasser Bourita, the director general of the Mohammed VI Fund, Mohamed Benchaaboun, or the adviser to King Mohammed VI, Andre Azoulay.
His meeting with Nasser Bourita comes after the resolution adopted by the European Parliament against Morocco and constitutes the first visit of a European official to Morocco after this unfriendly act motivated by identified circles.
Regarding the partnership between Morocco and the European Union, Bourita welcomed the “the depth, courage and strength of the relationship between the Kingdom and the European Commission”pointing out that “Positive meetings are marked by a spirit of frankness, friendship and the spirit of implementing our commitments in terms of developing relations with the European Union”.
This partnership, he continued, “has deepened at the regional level and we have achieved tangible positive results, and work will be done to implement all that has been agreed in order to open new horizons in terms of security and in the field of migration, starting this year”.
In addition, a multilateral dialogue between Morocco and the Commission on common issues was announced by the Minister, emphasizing regional tripartite cooperation between Morocco, the Commission and Israel, “which is an integral part of bilateral cooperation and will touch on multiple issues”.
He continued: “Like the countries of the southern Mediterranean, this regional cooperation of a common dimension will be realized. A document will be signed before the end of this month, to confirm this regional dimension.
Regarding Morocco’s exit from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) gray list, Nasser Bourita called on the European Union to react quickly to Morocco’s exit from the gray list by removing it from the gray list of the European Union.
The European Union automatically deals with these regulations, and since Morocco was removed from the list, “the European Union must react quickly to this case and remove Morocco from the European Union’s gray list”, he observed.