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Belgium, Morocco to strengthen partnership


The 3rd meeting of the Moroccan-Belgian High Joint Partnership Commission, held in Rabat, on April 15, 2024, culminated in the adoption of a joint declaration

In this declaration, Morocco and Belgium have lauded the momentum of their bilateral relations, highlighting their joint commitment to deepening cooperation for a strategic partnership aimed at addressing contemporary challenges and prospects.

both parties also expressed their willingness to strengthen trade and investments, to cooperate on climate matters, energy transition through the development of renewable energies and green molecules, as well as on water management, infrastructure, and transportation.

The two executive chiefs also welcomed the regular political dialogue, as evidenced by the visit to Morocco by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs, Foreign Trade, and Federal Cultural Institutions, Hadja Lahbib, on October 20, 2022, following which a Joint Declaration was adopted between the two countries.

Legislatively, both parties emphasized the importance of parliamentary cooperation, which plays an essential role in strengthening bilateral relations, while encouraging the legislative institutions of both countries to intensify their partnership, notably through the creation of a joint parliamentary forum constituting a space for dialogue and exchange.

Mr. Aziz Akhannouch and Mr. De Croo emphasized their willingness to further develop economic partnership, particularly by encouraging Belgian and Moroccan companies to explore investment opportunities, notably through the new "Moroccan Investment Charter," the "Morocco Offer" concerning green hydrogen, and structuring projects planned because of the organization of the 2030 World Cup, as well as opportunities offered by Belgium as a partner in energy transition, circular economy, and other areas of common interest.

In this regard, they reaffirmed their willingness to further strengthen cooperation in the field of energy transition.

Furthermore, the two Heads of Government emphasized the common interest of both countries in continuing and strengthening bilateral cooperation to combat threats to national and international security.

In terms of security cooperation, they affirmed their willingness to further develop it, notably through the establishment of a regular cooperation structure. Also, they welcomed the implementation of the Convention on cooperation in Combating Organized Crime and Terrorism, which entered into force in 2022, and the 2022-2024 action plan in the field of police cooperation.

The two Heads of Government praised the progress made in the framework of migration cooperation, including the holding of the 1st meeting of the Morocco-Belgium Mixed Migration Group and the joint implementation of effective measures.

Moreover, Belgium welcomes the reforms carried out by Morocco over the past twenty-five years, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, to create a more open and dynamic Moroccan society and economy, and stresses the importance of the New Development Model, advanced regionalization, and a number of ambitious reforms, including that currently underway on the Family Code (Moudawana).

As part of its priority commitment to the region, Belgium also welcomes the Atlantic Initiative launched by His Majesty the King as "an innovative contribution to the integration of the African Atlantic and the strengthening of cooperation with the Sahel countries", the Joint Declaration stated, adding that "the Atlantic is a link between North and South, Africa and Europe, and between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic".

On the Sahara issue, Belgium considers the Moroccan autonomy initiative, presented in 2007, as "a serious and credible effort by Morocco and a good basis for a solution accepted by the parties".

In this context, Mr. Alexander De Croo reiterated "Belgium's long-standing support for the process led by the United Nations for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution for the parties", read the Declaration.

On this occasion, the two parties agreed on "the exclusivity of the UN in the political process and reaffirmed their support for UN Security Council resolution 2703 (2023), which noted the role and responsibility of the parties in the search for a realistic, pragmatic, lasting political solution based on compromise".

Morocco and Belgium reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and national unity of Libya.

the two Heads of Government reiterated the central role of the United Nations in facilitating an inclusive political process led by Libyans, resulting in the organization of presidential and legislative elections in Libya.

In this regard, the Belgian party welcomes Morocco's efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis, notably hosting, from May 22 to June 7, 2023, meetings of the Joint Commission (6+6), tasked with drafting Libyan electoral laws as part of the dialogue process initiated under the auspices of the United Nations.

Morocco and Belgium also reaffirmed the centrality of the historic and privileged partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the European Union and agreed to act to preserve the stability and continuity of the strategic partnership between Morocco and the EU.

They thus reiterated their commitment to contribute to strengthening this partnership at all levels, while continuing to work together within the Mediterranean fora to promote sustainable development, peace, security, and stability in the region, notably through the Union for the Mediterranean.

Regarding regional issues, the two Heads of Government emphasized the constructive and positive roles of Morocco and Belgium in maintaining peace and stability in their respective regions.

In the context of their joint presence at the United Nations Human Rights Council, both countries reaffirmed their willingness to continue their efforts in promoting and defending human rights, to strengthen their consultation on issues related to the defense of human rights, and to explore the possibility of jointly organizing events within appropriate multilateral forums.

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