MFA Nasser Bourita holds talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany

10/07/2023 166

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, held talks, on July 06, 2023 in Berlin with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ms. Annalena Baerbock.

At a press conference following the meeting, the two ministers welcomed the close and friendly relations between the two countries, as well as the positive dynamic that has used the bilateral relationship since the adoption of the joint declaration in August 2022, which a roadmap for strengthening these ties in all areas.
The two government looking at their shared desire to deepen long-standing bilateral relations, with a view to establishing a stronger, forward-standing partnership.
Mr. Bourita pointed out that the historic relationship between Morocco and Germany has been undergoing a very positive dynamic since the letter addressed to His Majesty King Mohammed VI by German President HE Mr. Steinmeier, and the visit to Morocco by Ms. Annalena Baerbock last August.
The Minister pointed out that His Majesty the King had given His High Instructions to make Germany one of the Kingdom's priority strategic partners, on the basis of mutual trust and respect, and the defense of the mutual interests of both countries.
The two Ministers hailed the launch next year of the Multidimensional Strategic Dialogue, as set out in the joint declaration passed on the occasion of Ms. Baerbock's visit to Morocco on August 25, 2022.
In this regard, Mr. Bourita pointed out that the establishment of this strategic dialogue bears witness to the shared determination of the two countries to further deepen this partnership. Mr. Bourita's visit to Germany is part of the implementation of the Strategic Dialogue established between the two countries in the joint declaration adopted on the occasion of Ms. Baerbock's visit to Morocco on August 25, 2022.
The Strategic Dialogue is scheduled to take place once every two years, alternately in Morocco and Germany, under the chairmanship of the Foreign Ministers of both countries.
The establishment of this Strategic Dialogue is part of the two countries' shared commitment to strengthening dialogue, political, economic, cultural and interpersonal relations, promoting democracy, the rule of law and good governance, developing trade and investment, and cooperating on climate policy, biodiversity policy and green energy solutions.
This Strategic Dialogue will be based on shared values and mutual respect, with the aim of consolidating the principles and foundations of relations between Morocco and Germany, with a view to preserving and strengthening the priority interests of both countries.
The two Ministers hailed the excellent level of economic and trade relations, and also negotiated their desire to strengthen them and open them up to new sectors, notably renewable energies, infrastructure andization. To this end, they underlined their shared interest in intensifying and pursuing this cooperation, in order to broaden its scope and consolidate its achievements.
Mr. Bourita and Ms. Baerbock also underlined the relevance of the long-standing bilateral security partnership, and welcomed the strengthening of this partnership to continue to tackle common challenges together, notably through high-level exchanges.
The two Ministers highlighted the close collaboration between the two countries in the field of migration, and underlined the rational approach followed in managing this issue.
In the same vein, the two government officials stressed the importance of bilateral cultural and academic cooperation in promoting human and economic development.
In the two Ministers field of climate change, the two Ministers of climate change, encourage their shared desire to advocate an ambitious international commitment to combat the effects of climate change and encourage action to mitigate this effect.
The two Ministers underlined the convergence of their views on a range of regional and international issues, and famous for pursuing consultation and coordination, notably on the situation in Libya, the Sahel and the Middle East.
For her part, Ms. Baerbock underlined the leading role played by Morocco, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, especially in the fight against climate change.
Through its various actions and its ambitious national objective to reduce CO2 emissions, Morocco has adopted the best standards in the region in the fight against climate change, stressed the head of German diplomacy.
These efforts are crowned by very concrete results, she said, citing, among others, the Noor solar power plant, which supplies 1.3 million people with clean electrical energy.
She also welcomed the partnership between Germany and the Kingdom in terms of energy transition, adding that cooperation between the two countries in the field of green hydrogen was at the heart of her discussions with Mr. Bourita.
The Minister stressed that the two countries are determined to work together on projects in the renewable energy sector.
As for the Sahara issue, Ms. Baerbock reiterated Germany's support for the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara, presented in 2007, as a serious and reliable effort by the Kingdom and a very good basis for a solution by the parties.
She also reiterated Germany's long-standing for the UN-led process for a realistic, pragmatic, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution.
On this occasion, the two ministers reiterated their common position in favor of the exclusivity of the UN in the political process, whileing their support for the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, which have noted the role and responsibility of the parties in the search for a realistic, pragmatic, lasting political solution based on compromise.
The two countries also included their support for the UN SecretaryGeneral's Personal Envoy, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, and his efforts to move the political process forward on the basis of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
As part of this visit, Mr. Bourita and Ms. Baerbock took part in the presentation of original diplomatic documents preserved in the Political Archives of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
One of these documents is a Moroccan instrument of ratification dated March 28, 1891, affixed to the German-Moroccan trade treaty of June 1, 1890. Another one of these documents is a letter from Sultan Hassan I dated March 1874 to Emperor Wilhelm I in response to the credentials of the very first German Minister Resident in Morocco, Mr. Friedrich von Gulich. The documents also include credentials from Morocco's Special Representative to Germany, Sidi Tibi Ben Hima, dating back to 1878.