HM the King Congratulates Italian President on National Day


Rabat – His Majesty King Mohammed VI sent a congratulatory message to Italian President Sergio Mattarella on the occasion of his country’s National Day.

In the message, HM the King expresses His warmest congratulations and His best wishes to Mattarella and the Italian people.

“The time-honored Moroccan-Italian friendship, which is almost two centuries old, is a source of great pride for both our countries. It attests to the vibrancy and durability of our special, constructive cooperation,’ emphasizes the Sovereign.

HM the King also took the opportunity to reaffirm His determination to continue working with the Italian President to strengthen bilateral relations in all sectors, serve both peoples’ common interests and promote solidarity and closer ties between peoples in the Mediterranean basin.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

ENEMY WARPLANES FLY AT LOW ALTITUDES IN NABATIEH, IQLIM AL-TUFFAH & JEZZINE DISTRICTS

National News Agency correspondent reported that at approximately 5:15 p.m. today, the Israeli warplanes breached the sound barrier in three batches in the airspace of the Nabatieh and Iqlim al-Tuffah regions, flying at low altitudes and leaving behind thermal balloons.

The enemy warplanes were also flying at low altitude in the airspace of the Jezzine region, where they breached the sound barrier twice.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Lower House Speaker Represents HM the King at Official Inauguration Ceremony of El Salvador’s President


San Salvador – The House of Representatives Speaker, Rachid Talbi Alami, represented His Majesty King Mohammed VI at the official inauguration ceremony of the President of the Republic of El Salvador, Nayib Armando Bukele Ortez, which took place Saturday in the capital San Salvador.

Bukele Ortez was re-elected last February for a second term following his victory in the first round of the presidential election with 84.65% of the votes.

The official inauguration ceremony took place in the presence of heads of state and government, and representatives of legislative institutions, the diplomatic corps accredited to El Salvador and other personalities.

During this ceremony, Talbi El Alami conveyed to President Bukele Ortez the greetings and congratulations of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, as well as His sincere wishes for success and further progress and prosperity for the Republic of El Salvador.

The House of Representatives Speaker was accompanied on this occasion by the Chargé d’affaires at the Moroccan em
bassy in El Salvador, Brahim Badi.

In a message to Mr. Nayib Armando Bukele Ortez following his reelection, HM the King expressed to El Salvador’s President His warm congratulations and His most sincere wishes of success in leading his friendly country towards further progress and prosperity.

On this occasion, the Sovereign expressed His satisfaction with the strong relations uniting the two countries, based on friendship and mutual esteem, welcoming the continued momentum of bilateral cooperation in various areas of common interest.

In this regard, HM the King reiterated His determination to continue to work together with Bukele Ortez to further promote relations between Morocco and El Salvador to meet the aspirations of the two friendly peoples.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Morocco’s FM Holds Talks with Korean Counterpart in Seoul


Seoul – Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, held talks, on Sunday in Seoul, with his counterpart from the Republic of Korea, Cho Tae Yul.

The meeting is part of the positive bilateral dynamic underway in recent years and which has been built on more than 60 years of diplomatic relations.

During the meeting, the two ministers agreed to optimize existing bilateral consultation mechanisms, by holding the 8th session of the Joint Commission and the 6th session of the Political Consultations.

They also agreed to intensify visits on both sides, with the aim of breathing new life into the cooperative relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Korea.

The meeting also provided an opportunity for the two ministers to discuss ways and means of boosting investment and economic and trade exchanges, taking into account the assets represented by the Kingdom as a gateway to Africa, and through the potential of the free trade agreements concluded by
Morocco.

The two ministers also reviewed the legal framework governing cooperation between the two countries, and decided to strengthen it in the light of the new dynamic desired by both sides.

To this end, they signed three agreements. The first is a social security agreement, the aim of which is to initiate close cooperation between Morocco and Korea by approximating their legislation in this field, with a view to resolving the specific difficulties encountered by their respective nationals and enabling them to benefit from comprehensive protection, based in particular on equal treatment, reciprocity and the maintenance of rights acquired or in the process of being acquired, as well as the transfer of rights.

The second is a framework agreement for cooperation in the field of climate change. It aims to strengthen both countries’ capacity to reduce/eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, address the impacts of climate change and facilitate the transition of both parties to low-carbon economies.

The third agr
eement concerns loans from the Korea Fund for Economic Development Cooperation. Its aim is to promote cooperation between Morocco and Korea, through granting loans in order to implement projects defined by mutual agreement between the two parties.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Morocco-Korea: Joint Communiqué on Launching Exploratory Discussions to Establish Legal Framework on Trade, Investment


Seoul – Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, and Minister of Trade of the Republic of Korea, Inkyo Cheong, signed, on Sunday in Seoul, Joint Communiqué on launching exploratory discussions for the establishment of a legal framework on trade and investment between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Korea, with a view to an Enhanced Partnership Agreement (EPA).

This announcement paves the way for discussions on promoting investment and strengthening economic exchanges, and sends a strong signal to economic operators in both countries.

The Economic Partnership Agreement, which will strengthen the existing partnership framework between the two countries, will play a significant role in promoting trade and investment, and will also provide a foundation for boosting their respective economic development.

The two ministers agreed to pursue high-level economic cooperation, and to launch and finalize exploratory talks as soon as possible, so that negotia
tions can begin.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Morocco Ready to Contribute to ‘Substantial’ Partnership with Korea, as Part of African Agenda (FM)


Seoul – “Morocco is willing, able and ready to contribute to a substantial and pragmatic partnership with Korea, in line with Africa’s ambitious Agenda, while adapting it to meet the specific needs and challenges of African countries,” Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, said on Sunday in Seoul.

Speaking at the ministerial meeting organized as part of the 1st Korea-Africa Summit, Bourita said that Morocco, which has made South-South cooperation and solidarity a strategic pillar of its foreign policy, had launched several initiatives in key priority areas for the continent, including climate change, food security, health and connectivity infrastructures.

In this regard, he mentioned the Royal Initiative to facilitate access of Sahel countries to the Atlantic Ocean, which aims to make the Kingdom’s roads, ports and rail networks available to landlocked Sahelian states; and the “African Atlantic States Initiative”, which aims to structure a geostrategic sp
ace and unite its countries around common objectives and actions as well as the Morocco-Nigeria Atlantic gas pipeline project, which represents a real lever for regional integration.

Regarding food security, Morocco is contributing to ensuring access to stable, regular harvests in Africa, through the development of numerous fertilizer production units, added Bourita, noting that in terms of technical cooperation, the Kingdom has awarded over 12,000 scholarships to African students and technical staff, enabling them to pursue studies in Moroccan universities and specialized institutions.

In addition, the Minister affirmed that African countries are “open and eager to establish a mutually beneficial partnership with the Republic of Korea,’ a partnership that develops the economy, but is also people-centered, notably through the strengthening of public health and education, as well as the training of high-quality human resources.

It is “a partnership that promotes trade and investment and fosters infrastructu
re, while investing in emerging areas such as innovation, technology, digital transformation, as well as green and blue economies,” he added.

In this context, and in order to maximize the benefits of Korea-Africa partnership, triangular cooperation should receive a special attention, with greater involvement of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOIKA), noted Bourita, adding that this is another useful channel where all partners contribute their knowledge and expertise, encouraging innovation and leading to mutual benefits.

“Much remains to be done to unlock the full potential of the Africa-Korea partnership,” he said, stressing that although Korea’s development aid has increased, Korea’s foreign direct investment in Africa represents 1.5% of the country’s total international investment.

In addition, Korea’s trade with Africa remains relatively low in absolute terms, even though it has increased by more than 150% since 2015, a trend that needs to be harnessed if it is to be sustainable, he said, r
ecalling that by 2030, Africa is expected to account for more than $6.7 billion in combined consumer and business spending.

Considering that African economic output is expected to reach $29 billion by 2050, the African and Korean private sectors should seize the significant opportunities that exist to develop or expand their activities in Africa, he added.

The Minister also welcomed the organization of the first Korea-Africa Summit, calling it “a historic moment and an important step towards closer coordination with a friendly country, the Republic of Korea, which has proved to be a credible partner for African countries, shown a sincere interest in collaborating respectfully with Africans, and demonstrated its ability to contribute to establishing an innovative process of co-development in Africa, to which the Kingdom of Morocco and His Majesty King Mohammed VI give great importance.’

The Minister also noted that the first summit theme intitled “The Future We Make Together, Shared Growth, Sustainability a
nd Solidarity,” reflects a set of strong, shared aspirations, aimed particularly at achieving sustainable development, considering human needs and nature limits, establishing inclusive growth that leaves no one behind, and promoting pragmatic cooperation based not only on solidarity, but also on shared responsibility and mutual benefits.

Despite enormous challenges, such as Covid pandemic effects, economic constraints, climate change and geopolitical tensions, Africa continues to thrive as an engine of global growth, thanks to its youth, said Bourita, adding that Africa is in continuous change and can benefit from innovative partnerships in the benefit of shared prosperity.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Morocco’s FM Holds Talks with African Counterparts in Seoul


Seoul – Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, held talks, on Sunday in Seoul, with several of his African counterparts.

Bourita met with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Mauritanians Abroad, Mohamed Salem Ould Merzoug, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Liberia, Sara Beysolow Nyanti.

These meetings took place on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of the Korea-Africa Summit, which is being held in Seoul on June 4-5.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse