Foreign Minister holds talks with Moroccan counterpart

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Marrakesh, May 10 (BNA): Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, today held talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Nasser Bourita.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh, hosted by Morocco.

During the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs praised the historical brotherly relations between Bahrain and Morocco in all fields in implementation of the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

Dr. Al-Zayani also stressed Bahrain’s keenness and its constant endeavours to develop and strengthen relations of cooperation and joint coordination between the two countries at all levels, to achieve the common interests of the two brotherly countries and peoples.

The Moroccan Minister affirmed his country’s pride in the close relations that bind the two brotherly countries and peoples, and the development they are witnessing in all fields, praising the significant stances of the Kingdom of Bahrain and its constant support for the Kingdom of Morocco in all political, economic and development fields, wishing the Kingdom of Bahrain further progress and prosperity.

The meeting also discussed the close brotherly relations between the two countries and ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields, intensify joint coordination and unify positions towards various issues in regional and international gatherings.

The two sides discussed the political and security developments at the Arab, regional and international levels, and their repercussions on the security and stability of Arab countries and the region, in addition to issues of common concern.

Following the meeting, a joint statement was issued, in which the two ministers affirmed their pride in the relations of cooperation and solidarity between the two brotherly countries, thanks to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and His Majesty King Mohammed VI, and their quest to continue developing these relations and advancing them to higher levels.

The Moroccan Minister reiterated the firm position of the Kingdom of Morocco, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, in supporting the Kingdom of Bahrain and standing by it in the face of any interference in its internal affairs and any attempt to undermine its security, stability and national unity.

The Bahraini Minister reiterated the Kingdom of Bahrain’s supportive position for the Moroccan Sahara, which culminated in the inauguration of a General Consulate of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the city of El-Ayoun in the Moroccan Sahara on December 14, 2020, noting that this position continues within the framework of the United Nations and other international and regional organisations and forums.

The two ministers reviewed the course of relations between the two countries, and ways to develop them in accordance with the visions and directives of the monarchs of the two brotherly countries.

The two ministers stressed the need to activate the memorandum of understanding signed on February 27, 2018 between the Moroccan Academy for Diplomatic Studies and the Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa Academy for Diplomatic Studies by implementing its requirements, especially with regard to the exchange of visits and participation in training courses and workshops organised by the two academies.

The two ministers also reviewed the political and security situation in the Arab region, and stressed the importance of joint Arab action in strengthening the capabilities of Arab countries, preserving their security and stability, and achieving sustainable development for their countries.

The two ministers emphasised the centrality of the Palestinian issue to the Arab Nation, and its priority in the foreign policy of the two countries, following the directives of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and their strong adherence to the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the internationally agreed two-state solution and relevant international resolutions. In this context, H.E. Dr. Al-Zayani praised the prominent role played by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee.

The two ministers also valued the ongoing regular consultation between Morocco and Bahrain, and affirmed their keenness to intensify joint coordination between the two countries within the framework of existing mechanisms or international forums.