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Senegal, Cote D'Ivoire praise Morocco's reforms under King Mohammed's leadership; Back Morocco autonomy plan for W. Sahara, cite Mali, stability threat in SahelWASHINGTON,
March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ (MACP) -- On an
official visit to
Cote D'Ivoire, and
Mohammed VIunderscoredMorocco's commitment to
African solidarity to meet security and economic challenges facing the region, in particular
concerns about al-Qaeda-linked extremists who seized control of northern
Mali last year and threaten to spread across
Africa's Sahel. On his first two stops, King
Mohammed VI received strong support from
Cote D'Ivoire for
Morocco's autonomy plan for
Western Sahara, as well as reached
agreement on a
host of economic and development initiatives.
At a dinner hosted by President
Macky Sall in
King Mohammed VI praised Senegal as "a model on a continent still in the grip of turbulence and upheavals of a supposedly bygone era." He noted the "vibrant, rich and unique" relationship between
Senegal and said, "we see eye-to-eye on all major international and African issues, especially with respect to the growing challenges and risks facing our common strategic space, which borders the Atlantic and the Sahel region."
noted the growth in bilateral economic and trade relations between the two countries, and the increasing flow of Moroccan private investment and assistance in a range of
Senegal's economic sectors. The two heads of state presided over the signing of
two bilateral agreements, increasing cooperation on international land transport of goods and persons, and on mining, hydrocarbons, electricity, and renewable energies. They also dedicated the
Mohammed VI ophthalmologic clinic and a
medicine production plant "West Afric Pharma," a branch of the Moroccan lab SOTHEMA Maroc. The projects confirmed
Morocco's commitment to sustainable African development and a solidarity-based South-South cooperation.
At the conclusion of the visit, President Sall
praised Morocco's advances on a number of key initiatives and King
Mohammed VI for his leadership promoting democracy, economic, and social development, as well as human rights. He
described Morocco's initiative for autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty in the
Western Sahara as the ideal solution to that conflict. The two heads of state reaffirmed their desire to reinforce and deepen their strategic partnership and make it an example of South-South cooperation and African integration.
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on
March 20, President
Alassane Ouattaracongratulated the Moroccan people, whose "maturity and wisdom have allowed your country to cross the Arab Spring that has shaken some Maghreb countries." He
Mohammed VI for the political reforms taking place under his leadership, which have resulted in continued progress on democracy in
Morocco. Ouattara called on
Morocco and its businessmen to invest in Cote d'Ivoire to support his country's efforts of reconstruction and sustainable development.
The two heads of state presided over the signing of
six bilateral cooperation agreements, to strengthen cooperation between the foreign ministries, on promoting and protecting investments, on fisheries and aquaculture, on air transport, on vocational training in tourism, and on Moroccan-Ivorian disaster management.
Ouattara expressed support for Morocco's autonomy initiative, calling it "an appropriate solution to definitively settle the conflict." The Moroccan and Ivorian leaders stressed that the persistent conflict threatens regional stability and poses an obstacle to regional cooperation and development essential to meeting the aspirations of the African people for security and prosperity. During his visits, King
Mohammed VI presided over the signing of a range of trade, investment, and security agreements with both countries, and joint ventures with the public and private sectors. His next stop is in
Gabon, to meet with President Ali Bongo Ondimba.
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