- Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani held talks in Rabat on Thursday with Pompeo on ways and prospects of developing trade exchanges.
- The Prime Minister and Pompeo noted the important progress made by the cooperation program, the subject of the second Millennium Challenge Charter.
- This meeting was an occasion to reaffirm the quality of the long-standing friendship between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of America.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Morocco for an official visit that is of great significance, and underscores the strong momentum that characterizes bilateral relations, as well as the will of the two countries to strengthen their multifaceted strategic partnership. On his arrival at Rabat-Sale Airport, Pompeo was received by Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Americans Living in Morocco, and the United States Ambassador in Rabat, David Green.
Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani held talks in Rabat on Thursday with the US official on ways and prospects of developing trade exchanges and encouraging investment initiatives between Morocco and the United States. The Kingdom has accumulated important experiences, such as the automotive industry and aircraft spare parts.
During the talks, the Prime Minister and Pompeo noted the important progress made by the cooperation program, the subject of the second Millennium Challenge Charter signed between the Moroccan government and its US counterpart. Othmani expressed satisfaction with the quality and importance of the projects under this program, as well as opportunities to transfer the valuable expertise it offers in such vital areas as education, training, vocational training and the empowerment of youth and women.
The two sides noted the level of bilateral cooperation, where the US Secretary of State presided over last November in Washington, along with his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita. The fourth session of the strategic dialogue between Morocco and the United States was an occasion where the two countries renewed a joint commitment to strengthen economic partnership and develop innovative ways to make the best use of their free trade agreement.
The same source pointed out that this meeting was an occasion to reaffirm the quality of the long-standing friendship between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of America, which dates back to the Treaty of Peace and Friendship concluded between the two countries in 1787. A strong dynamic characterizes Moroccan-American relations, as well as the common will to strengthen the multifaceted strategic partnership between Washington and Rabat. As part of the official visit to Morocco, the US State Department issued a report stating that the United States is determined to work together with Morocco to achieve greater security and prosperity.
Referring to the relationship and friendship between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States, the report highlighted that “on the regional and international security front, Washington stresses the main contribution of Morocco, which plays a leading role in security in Africa.” The Kingdom is contributing more than 2,000 troops to the United Nations peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic and plays a key role in strengthening regional security capabilities.
Morocco, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, is a key actor in the international fight against terrorism, the source said, adding that Morocco is the co-chair of the Global Counterterrorism Forum and chairs a forum on foreign terrorist fighters. The United States also hailed Morocco as “a recognized regional leader in promoting religious coexistence and interfaith dialogue.”
According to the State Department, Pompeo will review the “strong economic and security partnership” between Washington and Rabat. On the eve of the visit, Pompeo described Morocco as “one of the strongest partners” of the United States in the region, highlighting his aspiration to “review the strong economic and security partnership between our two countries and discuss future areas of cooperation.”