Meetings to satisfaction between Bourita and Albares in Fez and Barcelona

For those who were tormented by the question whether the MAEs of Morocco and Algeria would be present or not in Barcelona at the 7th Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)it’s half revealed.

Indeed, if not a word was said about Mr. Ramtane Lamrara, on the other hand, the Moroccan Minister for Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, was indeed present and brilliantly attested to this through his pre-event meeting (breakfast) with his counterpart, José Manuel Albares.

There even followed a press briefing at the end of this working meeting, so to speak, on the sidelines of the work of the UfM Regional Forum. This is the third time the two men have met in less than a week between Fez and Barcelona. This shows that the High Level Meeting (RHN) between Morocco and Spain has been carefully prepared. The two parties showed themselves to be “totally satisfied if we go by the words of the two Heads of Moroccan and Spanish diplomacy, Nasser Bourita and José Manuel Albares.

Moreover, there would have been a strong question of the NHR with regard to a second reading of the declarations of the two ministers. ” Today, we discussed the implementation of the bilateral roadmap and expressed our complete satisfaction with the implementation of all its provisions and commitments. It was also an opportunity to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of this roadmap and to examine the means to accelerate its execution”, said Nasser Bourita.

José Manuel Albares will say for his part: “ I took advantage of today’s working breakfast with Nasser Bourita to continue to advance on the Hispano-Moroccan roadmap, which is being achieved point by point. We have drawn up the agendas, so that the high-level meeting can be held as soon as possible and we have visibility for the end of January, beginning of February “.

Another off-the-cuff subject was broached, that of bilateral cooperation in migration matters. ” Our cooperation is the unique success story of cooperation in the fight against illegal migration in the Mediterranean region“, noted in this regard Nasser Bourita, assuring that Rabat and Madrid are leading this cooperation “ as two responsible countries, taking into consideration a firm approach to migration, developing legal migration, protecting migrants and fighting against smuggling networks”.

According to the Minister, this cooperation has brought a lot not only to the security of Morocco and Spain, but also to the whole region“.

“This model must be reinforced and promoted. At the global level, there is a consensus that what Morocco and Spain are doing, in a cooperative and constructive way, is an example to follow,” Bourita added.

For his part, the Spanish minister was satisfied with figures, declaring in this sense: ” We see how irregular migration that comes from Africa, and whose transit country is Morocco, has already been reduced by 20%“.

And in his momentum José Manuel Albares moved on to commercial relations between the two countries; noting in this regard: Our trade has increased by 30%. Spanish exports already exceed 7 billion euros. Figures that will undoubtedly be higher at the end of the year..

The complex and complicated global situation has not been left out. The Spanish minister, in this sense, considered that“It is now more important than ever, in this complex and troubled international context, that all the countries of the Mediterranean work for a common agenda of peace, prosperity and stability“.

Along the same lines, Nasser Bourita pointed out that “the crises affecting the Mediterranean region require structural responses based on an operational approach. The crises affecting the Mediterranean are structural, not temporary. They require us to respond in the same vein: through a long-term vision and an operational approach in the immmediate“.

He therefore called on UfM member countries to “+mark the way+ in order to reaffirm the commitment to the programmatic objective of an area of ​​shared stability and prosperity“.

The Minister also emphasized the need ” to act on policies, anticipate more, create more overall consistency and vectorial actions over the long term”.

Before concluding on an optimistic note: A Mediterranean of security is possible, a Mediterranean of maritime transport is possible; and of course a Mediterranean of free movement of people is possible.

This event, it is recalled, brings together the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the 42 Member States. It is co-chaired by Josep Borrell, Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Ayman Safadi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Jordan.

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