Relations between Morocco and Serbia called to "lay new milestones"

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, highlighted the depth of Moroccan-Serbian relations, which are called upon to “lay new milestones”.

“It is high time to set new milestones and raise our cooperation to an unprecedented level in the context of current challenges”he assured in a column published by the Serbian magazine CorD, which devotes, in its December issue, a special file to the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Rabat and Belgrade.

Bourita underlined the need to take advantage of the unique opportunities available to both countries in an environment marked by unprecedented transformations, complex challenges and multidimensional risks.

“As a committed global partner of Serbia, Morocco wishes to move forward side by side to take advantage of this situation in order to embark on a much more promising path of mutual prosperity”said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, highlighting the centrality of human relations, which constitute the main element “to connect our two states of geostrategic importance and to better connect Africa to the Western Balkans”.

Bourita also underlined the solidity of the relations between “two nations strong in the face of adversity, which went through key moments hand in hand, such as the 1st Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement in Belgrade in 1961, and between “two peoples united in the defense of their national sovereignty and of their respective territorial integrity”.

In his view, the bond that unites the two countries “is not only the expression of a deep relationship rooted in history, but it is also “the main attribute of the credibility and reliability enjoyed by our two States within the international society and in our bilateral relations”.

Although separated by geography, Morocco and Serbia “share a common core of values ​​that align our visions and unite our external action“, he welcomed, emphasizing the long road traveled by Rabat and Belgrade.

“Based on the principles of mutual respect, common interest and a shared and enlightened vision, Morocco and Serbia have come a long way to deepen relations in many ways, especially in the most sincere aspects. and the most structural, continued the Minister, noting that the friendship that binds the two countries “has not been neglected”.

Indeed, he said, “King Mohammed VI personally named Serbia among the limited circle of friends of the Kingdom”seeing “the most significant sign of the excellence of these relations”.

Returning to the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Serbia, the Minister noted that the commemoration of this jubilee is “an invaluable opportunity to build bridges of dialogue, communication and exchange” through many mediums which include business, art, history, film and music.

“I strongly believe that we can do more. On this jubilee, it is incumbent on our governments (…) to provide the right content to meet the expectations of our two heads of state and our two peoples”, he assured.

To this end, the time has come, according to Bourita, to jointly explore the opportunity for a fully invested strategic partnership. “A partnership that can provide us with the necessary means to respond to the transformations underway and take advantage of the immense opportunities available to us”.

The Minister also stressed the need to have a framework “which structures the flow of work that our two diplomatic corps, our public institutions and our governments can use as a springboard to achieve the political and economic objectives that we want for our relationship”.

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