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Morocco, Germany Agree in Berlin to Launch Multidimensional Strategic Dialogue


Germany and Morocco agreed on Thursday, July 6, 2023, in Berlin to launch their Multidimensional Strategic Dialogue, which will serve as a basis for moving forward in the framework of bilateral relations and will strengthen the coherence between the different areas of bilateral cooperation.

This announcement took place after the meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ms Annalena Baerbock with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, who was on a working visit to Germany.

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 Mrs. Baerbock's visit to Morocco on August 25, 2022.



It is planned that this Strategic Dialogue will be held once every two years, alternately in Morocco and Germany, under the chairmanship of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries.

The establishment of this Strategic Dialogue comes within the framework of the shared desire of the two countries to strengthen dialogue, political, economic, cultural and interpersonal relations, to promote democracy, the rule of law and good governance, to develop trade and investment and cooperate on climate policy, biodiversity policy as well as green energy solutions.

This Strategic Dialogue is based on common values and mutual respect, with the aim of consolidating the principles and foundations of relations between Germany and Morocco, with a view to preserving and strengthening the priority interests of the two countries.

Germany and Morocco are pleased with the excellence of their bilateral relations and the positive dynamics of their partnership:

Germany and Morocco welcomed also, on Thursday, the close and friendly relations between the two countries, as well as the positive dynamic that characterizes the bilateral relationship since the adoption of the joint declaration, in August 2022, which constitutes a roadmap for the strengthening of these relations in all areas.

During the press conference following a meeting in Berlin between the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Annalena Baerbock, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, the two government officials reaffirmed their shared desire to further deepen the long-standing bilateral relations, with a view to establishing a stronger partnership looking to the future.

Mr. Bourita indicated that the historic relationship between Morocco and Germany has been very positive since the letter addressed to His Majesty King Mohammed VI by German President Steinmeier, as well as the visit to Morocco by Mrs. Annalena Baerbock, last August.

The Minister specified that His Majesty the King has given his High Instructions to make Germany one of the Kingdom's priority strategic partners, on the basis of trust and mutual respect and the defense of the mutual interests of the two countries.The two Ministers welcomed the launch next year of the Multidimensional Strategic Dialogue, as provided for in the joint declaration adopted on the occasion of Ms. Baerbock's visit to Morocco on August 25, 2022.

In this respect, Mr. Bourita specified that the establishment of this strategic dialogue testifies to the shared will between the two countries to further deepen this partnership.

The two ministers also praised the excellent bilateral economic and trade relations and reaffirmed their desire to strengthen them and open them up to new sectors, in particular those of renewable energies, infrastructure and digitization. To this end, they underlined their common interest in intensifying and pursuing this cooperation, in order to broaden its scope and consolidate its achievements.

Ms. Baerbock and Mr. Bourita also underlined the relevance of the long bilateral partnership in terms of security and welcomed the strengthening of this partnership to continue to meet common challenges together, in particular through high-level exchanges.

The two Ministers highlighted the close collaboration in the field of migration and underlined the rational approach followed between the two countries in the management of this issue.

The two government officials noted in the same vein the importance of bilateral cooperation in the cultural and academic fields for the promotion of human and economic development.

In the field of climate change, the two ministers reaffirmed their common will to plead in favor of an ambitious international commitment to combat the effects of climate change and to encourage actions in favor of mitigating this effect. Ms. Baerbock underlined the role of reference played by Morocco, particularly in the field of the fight against climate change.

The two ministers underlined the convergence of their views on a set of regional and international issues and pledged to continue consultation and coordination, particularly on the situation in Libya, the Sahel and the Middle East.



Germany reiterated, on Thursday July 6, 2023, its support for the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara, presented in 2007, as a "serious and credible" effort by the Kingdom and a "very good basis for a solution accepted by the parties".

At the end of her meeting in Berlin with Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, on a working visit to Germany, the head of German diplomacy, Annalena Baerbock, reiterated Germany's "long-standing support 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 United Nations (UN) in the political process, while reaffirming 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 reaffirmed their support for the UN Secretary-General's Personal Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, and his efforts to move the political process forward on the basis of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.


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