Rabat – Thanks to their “exceptional relationship”, Morocco and France can “most certainly” jointly meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Morocco’s ambassador to Paris, Chakib Benmoussa.
In a video uploaded by the Moroccan Embassy in France, Benmoussa emphasized the importance of Morocco-France cooperation, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Moroccan diplomat made the comments in a speech on the occasion of Throne Day 2020, celebrated on Thursday, July 30. The celebration marks the 21st anniversary of King Mohammed VI’s ascension to the throne.
According to Benmoussa, Morocco and France have had several opportunities to work together, including in the medical and economic fields.
“Our common memory, our peaceful common history, the density of our human relations and the convergence of interests favor the consolidation of this relationship between our two countries”, declared the diplomat.
“Our resilient relationship looks to the future and is a source of inspiration for … cooperation and commitment to multilateralism, through such crucial topics as security and counterterrorism, migration and climate change” , he added.
Benmoussa underlined the “economic complementarity” between Morocco and France, which he believes can make the two countries more competitive internationally.
On the diplomatic level, Benmoussa recalled the regular contacts between King Mohammed VI and President Emmanuel Macron. This regular exchange testifies to the strength of the friendship between Paris and Rabat, as well as the determination of the two parties to deepen their cooperation to meet their common challenges, he said.
The Moroccan ambassador also recalled the 14 Morocco-France High-level meeting in December 2019 in Paris. The meeting between senior Moroccan and French officials was an opportunity to discuss opportunities and common interests in the areas of security and business.
Benmoussa paid tribute to the Moroccan community living in France, declaring himself “deeply attached to both his country of origin and his host country”. He noted that Moroccans in France greatly contribute to improving relations between the two countries.
At the end of his speech, the Ambassador thanked the French citizens residing in Morocco who, “thanks to their dynamism, keep the Morocco-France living relationship. “