30 July 2014

Morocco: HM King Mohammed VI Calls for 'Balanced' Morocco-EU Partnership, Reiterates His Commitment to Consolidating Strategic Partnership With Usa

Rabat — HM King Mohammed VI on Wednesday said that Morocco's Advanced Status with the European Union is a milestone on the path towards strengthening a "balanced" and "equitable" Morocco-EU partnership, reiterating His commitment to consolidating the strategic partnership with the United States.

"I do not perceive Morocco's Advanced Status with the European Union as an end in itself, but rather as a milestone on the path towards strengthening the Morocco-EU partnership, which I would like to be balanced and equitable", the Sovereign said in a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of His enthronement.

For this reason, Morocco is particularly keen to ensure the success of the current negotiations for a thorough and comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU to serve as a framework for even closer ties between Morocco and Europe, as well as for the integration of the Moroccan economy into European domestic markets, the Monarch underlined.

The Sovereign pointed out that as well as consolidating its special relations with the European bloc, Morocco seeks to diversify and expand its bilateral relations with EU members.

As regards Morocco's historical relationship with the United States of America, the Sovereign reiterated His commitment to consolidating the strategic partnership with the United States, particularly by devising new mechanisms to support and promote the free trade agreement and continue our strategic dialogue with that country.

In this respect, the Monarch recalled His meeting with President Obama last November, which contributed to give strong impetus to this partnership, whose results are starting to show, be it with respect to bilateral relations, or the similarity of views regarding regional and international issues of common concern, especially those relating to development and security in Africa.

To further promote the open policy and diversify Morocco's partnership relations, the Sovereign voiced His will to strengthen the Kingdom's time-honored ties with both the Russian Federation and the Republic of China - countries that the Monarch looks forward to visiting in the near future.

"I am determined to ensure that the economic aspects of Morocco's special strategic partnership with these two countries are further enhanced and promoted", he underlined.

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