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Building Bridges: Morocco Discusses Regional Issues With UK


Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita today in Rabat received Lord Tariq Ahmad, UK Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and the United Nations at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

The visit is part of the UK and Morocco’s stated determination to strengthen cooperation and bilateral relations at all levels, including political dialogue.

The two officials discussed the situation in Gaza, stressing that peace and security in the Middle East can be achieved through a two-state solution.

During the meeting, the UK’s top diplomat told the press that the UK and Morocco believe that the ultimate goal is a two-state solution, with “Israel living alongside a Palestinian state in peace and security.”

He also emphasized the two countries’ shared determination to “work together in this direction” alongside other major partners, including US and Gulf countries.”

Speaking about the humanitarian tragedy in Gaza, he said that the international community must not lose hope, noting that Morocco and the UK will work together to contribute to efforts to find a solution.

In addition to Gaza, Lord Tariq Ahmad also emphasized the importance of ties between the two countries, describing it as “stronger than ever before.”

Lord Ahmad has been intensifying talks with Moroccan senior officials, with whom he held several meetings during his visits to Morocco.

One of Ahmad’s latest visits came in May, where he emphasized the importance of UK-Morocco cooperation at different levels, including education.

In a previous interview with Moroccan media, Lord Ahmad expressed satisfaction with the cooperation – particularly Morocco’s significant interest in British education, as well as English learning.

“We see more Moroccans increasingly attracted to British Education, and to studying in English, with growing numbers of students seeking to study for a UK degree via Transnational Education programs, sit for the UK qualifications, learn English or study at a British School,” he said.

He also commended trade between Morocco and the UK, recalling the volume of trade between the two countries which are estimated at a value of £2.9 billion in 2022, indicating an “incredible” increase of 53.3% from the four quarters to the end of Q3 2021.

“The business and investment ties between our two Kingdoms are booming and the UK government is determined to do all it can to make sure that this continues,” he said.

Today’s meeting also follows what the British minister described as a "constructive" phone call on August 2.

During the phone call, Ahmad discussed the Palestinian cause as well as other regional issues including the situation in Niger and Libya.

During the phone call, the two countries also discussed strengthened ties, attributing the good bilateral ties to the political will to “make a century-old partnership a lasting one,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on the phone call.

Morocco and the United Kingdom share a history of diplomatic relations that span several centuries. Both countries have been committed to nurturing this partnership and have seen continuous strengthening of their ties. Last May, they held the 4th session of their strategic dialogue in Rabat, reaffirming their commitment to enhancing cooperation across various sectors.

This meeting between Mr. Bourita and Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon signifies the importance both nations place on maintaining open channels of communication and collaboration. By engaging in constructive dialogue, Morocco and the United Kingdom continue to pave the way for a strong and enduring partnership that benefits both countries and promotes stability and prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa region.


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