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Participation of the Ambassador in Waitangi day Events

The Ambassador of His Majesty the King to New Zealand with residence in Canberra, Mr Karim Medrek took part to the celebration events organized in Russel (Northland Region of New Zealand) by the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor General of New Zealand on the occasion of the National Day known as ‘‘Waitangi Day’’.

Mr. Medrek, also, participated in the “Beat Retreat” ceremony organized by the New Zealand Navy, in the Bay of Islands region on the North Island, on the occasion of the 180th anniversary of the signing of the treaty of Waitangi.

The Ambassador has met, on the sidelines of his visit to New Zealand, with various governmental personalities, notably the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Winston Peters. During this exchange, both officials underlined that Morocco and New Zealand have built up strong and profound friendly relations based on political dialogue, economic exchange, sectoral cooperation and people to people relations.

In this regard, Mr. Medrek highlighted that both countries, thanks to their convergence of views on a number of global and multilateral issues, contribute actively to bringing responses to primordial issues such as the protection of environment. Besides, he considers that further reinforcement of economic and commercial ties between Rabat and Wellington figures among the priorities of their bilateral agenda.

The main prospects of bilateral relations between the two countries are marked by a common willingness of increasing commercial exchange.

Actions undertaken during recent years for the strengthening of relations such as the holding of political consultations, the Moroccan Week in New Zealand, the visits of the President of the House of Representatives and of the Secretary of State in charge of Foreign Trade, have allowed to consolidate achievements made, so far, in the scope of this cooperation between Morocco and New Zealand.

In fact, political relations between the two countries witnessed a dynamic phase marked by the holding of bilateral political consultations in March 2018 and the signing, in this regard, of agreements which concern the establishment of a mechanism for political consultations as well as cooperation on the economic, technical and cultural levels.

The participation of the Ambassador in the celebration of Waitangi Day and his interaction with New Zealand officials comes, therefore, to reflect how Morocco is committed to work together with this friendly country in order to develop and strengthen relations at all levels.

It is worth recalling that New Zealand's National Day, or Waitangi Day, commemorated nationwide, celebrates the Treaty of Waitangi, signed on February 6, 1840. The Treaty is the agreement signed by Britain and leaders of most Māori tribes when Britain first claimed New Zealand as a colony.

The Treaty governs the relationship between Māori (indigenous people) and everyone else, ensuring fully their rights, notably the right to organize themselves, protect their way of life and to control their own resources.