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Political Consultations between Morocco and Australia

Morocco and Australia held on Friday, March9, 2018 in Canberra the third round of political consultations which took place in a context marked by the firm willingness of the two countries to give a new impetus to their already excellent bilateral ties.

The Moroccan Delegation to these political consultations has been led by the Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Mounia BOUCETTA and the Ambassador of HM the King to Australia, Mr. Karim MEDREK.

This third round comes within the framework of the orientations of HM the King to diversify the Kingdom’s partnership with countries sharing the same values and principles and converging on a number of subjects of common interest.

The Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation held talks with a number of Australian officials, notably the Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Mrs Frances Adamson, the Deputy Secretary, Mrs Penny Williams, the Assistant Secretary in charge of Middle East and North Africa, Mr. Mathew Neuhaus and the Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Mr Mark Coulton.

During these talks, she hailed the excellent momentum of bilateral cooperation, recalling that officials of both countries have been exchanging visits throughout the last years, which illustrates the determination of Morocco and Australia to infuse new dynamics to this cooperation despite the geographic distance.

Besides, the Secretary of State highlighted the enormous opportunities provided by the Kingdom of Morocco, being a platform of access into the African Continent and a leader on the regional level committed to an efficient and fruitful South-South Cooperation.

Furthermore, Both countries have tackled, during these consultations, ways of cooperation in a number of fields, notably the fight against terrorism, immigration and multilateral cooperation.

On the economic level, Mrs Boucetta underlined the importance of increasing trade and investments, noting in this regard that agriculture, mining, education and other added value sectors could be explored for reinforcing this cooperation.

Moreover, the Moroccan Minister stressed during her meetings with Australian officials the need to work closely within the framework of a triangular cooperation which will pave the way for more win-win opportunities.

At the conclusion of this new round of political consultations, prospects are promising for bilateral ties in the light of the opening of an Australian Embassy in Rabat, the establishment of the Parliamentary Friendship Group between the two countries and the important opportunities of cooperation arising in many fields.