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Visit of the Moroccan President of the House of Representatives Mr. El Habib El Malki to Australia and New Zealand

 

At the initiative of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Canberra, the President of the House of Representatives, Mr. El Habib El Malki, alongside a delegation of heads of four parliamentary Groups, paid a working visit to the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand from the 10th to the 15th of September 2018 during which he 
examined ways of reinforcing parliamentary ties with both countries.

Mr. El Malki, accompanied by the Ambassador of H.M the King to Australia, Mr. Karim Medrek and the delegation representing the governmental coalition and the opposition, held a meeting, on the 10th of September at the Australian Parliament House, with the Speaker of the Australian Parliament, Hon. Tony Smith MP and the President of the Australian Senate, Hon. Scott Ryan.

During this meeting, Mr. El Malki and his Australian interlocutors highlighted the importance of this momentum of cooperation between Morocco and Australia marked, above all, by the opening of the Australian Embassy in Rabat, the establishment of the Australian Moroccan Business Council and the creation of the Parliamentary Friendship Group, Morocco-Australia in 2017. This latter is called, according to them to give a new impetus to cooperation between the legislative institutions.

In the same vein, Mr. El Malki underlined that this momentum can lead into new horizons of cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Commonwealth of Australia due to the fact that both countries share a lot in terms of values, principles and interests.

Besides, he noted that both countries have similar strength points when it comes to trade and investment. In this respect, the Speaker of the Australian Parliament and the President of the Australian Senate, in line with Mr El Malki’s outline for the prospects of bilateral cooperation, considered that these fields can pave the way for further enhancing the already excellent ties between both countries.

The President of the Moroccan Parliament considers that geographical distance cannot be an obstacle for the reinforcement of cooperation between Rabat and Canberra, being leaders in their respective regions and aiming to share their know-how on various levels. In this sense, Mr El Malki did not fail to hail the role played by Australia in the South-East Asia and the Pacific regions.

Furthermore, the President of the House of Representatives visited alongside the Ambassador and the Moroccan Parliamentary Delegation, the Australian War Memorial, where he laid a wreath in memory of the War victims.

On the 11th of September, the members of the Moroccan parliamentary delegation paid an official visit to Sydney, the Capital of New South Wales where Mr. El Malki held discussions with the President of the legislative council of New South Wales, John Ajaka.

In the framework of this meeting, the President of the Moroccan Parliament has been introduced into the main characteristics of the local and regional parliament of New South Wales.

For his part, Mr. El Malki shed lights on the attributions of the Morrocan Parliament, notably after the adoption of the new constitution in 2011 and the advanced regionalization process.

In Wellington (Capital of New Zealand), the Speaker of the Moroccan Parliament alongside his delegation and the Ambassador of HM the King to Australia, Mr Karim Medrek had, on the 13th of September 2018, fruitful meetings, notably with the Speaker of the Parliament, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, the members of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee, and the Friendship Group for Middle East and North Africa.

In this respect, the President of the House of Representatives presented an overview about the Moroccan democratic reforms implemented all over the last decade, including in the legislative field, highlighting the existence of various shared principles and values between Morocco and New Zealand.

For his part, Rt.Hon Trevor Mallard hailed the democratic experience of the Kingdom of Morocco and expressed his willingness to work closely with his Moroccan counterpart for boosting these relations which are already characterized by convergence of views and mutual understanding.

The Moroccan delegation visited equally on the sidelines of this event the Wellington War Memorial.

Following the establishment of the Moroccan Australian Friendship Group in August 2017, and the holding of new rounds of political consultations with Australia and New Zealand in March 2018, this visit comes to reiterate the willingness of the Moroccan Parliament and its counterparts in Canberra and Wellington to give continuity to this excellent momentum of cooperation.