Belgium welcomes the reforms carried out by Morocco under the leadership of the King

Belgium welcomes the reforms carried out by Morocco, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, over the past two decades for a more open and dynamic Moroccan society and economy.

In a joint statement made public following talks, Thursday in Rabat, between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade and Federal Cultural Institutions of the Kingdom of Belgium, Hadja Lahbib, on a working visit to the Kingdom, the two ministers praised the friendship and the great esteem that exist between the Royal Families of the two countries.

According to the Joint Declaration, Morocco and Belgium welcome their coordination on issues of common interest at the level of international and regional organizations.

The two ministers stressed the common interest of Morocco and Belgium in strengthening close bilateral cooperation to counter threats to national and international security, including transnational crime and terrorism.

In this context, they welcomed the recent entry into force of the cooperation convention in the fight against organized crime and terrorism, which constitutes a solid basis for stepping up their police cooperation.

Bourita and Lahbib reaffirmed their support for peace, stability and sustainable development in the region and underlined their particular commitment to the fight against international terrorism and transnational organized crime, which is essential for the security and stability of the Euro-Mediterranean region.

The two Ministers also expressed their deep concern at the worrying evolution of the terrorist threat in Africa, aggravated by the proliferation of non-State armed actors, and more particularly in the Sahel region.

In this regard, underlines the Joint Declaration, they welcomed the creation in Rabat of an office of the United Nations program for the fight against terrorism and training in Africa.

In addition, Belgium praised Morocco’s contribution to regional and international efforts to fight terrorism, in particular through its co-chairmanship of the Global Counterterrorism Forum as well as its co-chairmanship of the Africa Focus Group of the Global Coalition against Daesh.

The two ministers, who noted their convergence of views on regional and international issues of common interest, agreed to continue this consultation to strengthen peace and security in the region.

Welcoming the election of Morocco and Belgium to the Human Rights Council, the two ministers also discussed potential cooperation topics.

They thus underlined their desire to continue their dialogue on issues related to the defense of human rights, in particular the promotion of the rights of women and children, the fight against all forms of discrimination and the fight against violence against women and girls.

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