Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and the United Nations Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.
By Tshawe lama Tshawe
The United Kingdom has welcomed and expressed support for major reforms carried out by Morocco, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI – part of the new Moroccan Development Model (MDM) 2021-2035.
Aiming at a more open, inclusive economy, dynamic Moroccan society, with respect for human rights, the MDM has been hailed as the best undertaking by King Mohammed VI to take the African country forward.
The announcement was made through a joint statement issued at the end of the 4th session of the Morocco-United Kingdom Strategic Dialogue, held on Tuesday in Rabat – under the co-chairmanship of Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita and Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and the United Nations of the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.
During the occasion, the two ministers recalled the deep history of friendly and mutually beneficial relations between the two countries – dating back to 1213. They also recalled the first commercial treaty signed between the two countries, concluded in Fez on 23 January 1721.
The partnership is based on the long-standing friendship and mutual ties between the two royal families.
The UK considers Morocco – under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, as a credible and listened to regional and international partner that plays an essential role – constituting a decisive relay for stability, peace and development in the region – particularly in the Mediterranean, the Sahel-Saharan area and West Africa.
Also welcoming the important role of His Majesty, – commander of the Faithful – in promoting interfaith dialogue and disseminating the universal values of peace, tolerance and otherness.