MOROCCAN. SOUTH AFRICAN FOREIGN MINISTERS DISCUSS STRENGTHENING OF BILATERAL TIES

RABAT, The Kingdom of Morocco and South Africa are two important African countries which share the same vision on an Africa which must take responsibility for itself, solve its problems and address its challenges, says Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Nasser Bourita.

Speaking at a media briefing here after his meeting Tuesday with the visiting South African Minister for International Relations and Co-operation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who is in Rabat to attend the Ministerial Conference for an African Agenda on Migration, Bourita said the role of Morocco and South Africa remained pivotal regarding issues related to peace, development and migration.

Bourita noted that his talks with the South African Minister followed the important and historic meeting between King Mohammed VI and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma which took place last November in Abidjan, on the sidelines of the 5th African Union-European Union Summit.

He recalled that the two Heads of State had agreed during this meeting to open a new chapter in relations between the two countries, strengthen diplomatic interactions and explore areas of co-operation.

The goal of Tuesday’s meeting was precisely to move forward in this direction, Bourita said, stressing that the frank and cordial meeting he had with Nkoana-Mashabane was an opportunity to co-ordinate action by the two countries on crucial topics such as migration.

When Morocco and South Africa co-ordinate their efforts in the service of the African Agenda, Africa will have a stronger voice and greater influence at multilateral debates, said Bourita, who noted that the African Union is the appropriate framework “to co-ordinate our positions”.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK