MFA Nasser Bourita holds talks with the US Secretary of State

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Monday 20 March 2023-The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, held on March 20, 2023 in Washington, a series of talks with senior US officials, including the Secretary of State, Mr. Antony J Blinken.

On this occasion, Mr. Bourita stressed that the friendship between Morocco and the United States is strong, and that the partnership between the two countries has never been as strong as today, "a partnership based on common commitments to peace, stability and prosperity, which His Majesty King Mohammed VI" appreciates".
“His Majesty King Mohammed VI values this partnership based on our shared commitments for peace, stability, and prosperity,” the minister stressed. Under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and US President Joe Biden, the partnership between Rabat and Washington has experienced sustained momentum in all areas in recent years.
“Our discussions are always productive and constructive,” said Mr Bourita, adding that the partnership between the two countries contributes to “serve our people but also peace and stability worldwide”.
For his part, the Secretary of State, Mr. Antony J Blinken hailed Morocco's leadership in regional peace and stability with the renewal of relations with Israel as well as in climate change and renewable energy, stressing the close bilateral cooperation between Washington and Rabat in various areas of common interest.
Regarding military cooperation, the US State Secretary pointed to the upcoming African Lion exercises that Morocco will be hosting.
to the State Department appeals, in a statement issued after the talks, the two officials "discussed efforts to advance regional peace and security, reflecting Morocco's stabilizing role in addressing a range of in the Middle East and Africa''.
The two senior officials also had the opportunity to discuss various regional and issues, including the war in international Ukraine, support for elections in Libya and the situation in the Sahel, added the State Department advocates.
"They discussed common concerns about the continuing in Israel and the West Bank and ongoing efforts to defuse current violence," the statement continued.
"The Secretary noted the United States continues to view Morocco's Autonomy Plan as serious, reliable, and realistic," said the US State Department speaking in a the statement the statement.
During their talks, the Secretary of State and Mr. Bourita voiced "their full support for United Nations Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General Staffan de Mistura in progress an enduring and dignified political solution" to this regional conflict, the statement added.
Mr. Bourita's visit to Washington, marked by meetings with senior American officials both at the State Department and at the White House, is an opportunity to discuss the means at further consolidating the Moroccan-US strategic partnership as well as international and regional issues of common interest , especially in the Middle East and Africa.
Mr. Bourita's visit to Washington marks the momentum of regular exchanges between Morocco and the United States, which has significantly increased over the past two years, with the visit to the Kingdom of many senior US officials and the organization by Morocco of important joint events, including the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in May and July 2022 or the US-Africa Business Summit that served as a prelude to the US-Africa Leaders Summit, hosted by President Joe Biden last December.