Selakovic: Mutual friendship and understanding between Serbia and Morocco

06. May 2021.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selakovic had talks in Rabat with Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Morocco Habib El Malki.

Selakovic noted that the bilateral relations between Serbia and Morocco were very good, friendly and characterized by mutual understanding and trust. He stated that there were no open issues between the two countries and expressed readiness to continue to promote cooperation and further intensify the political dialogue.

The Head of Serbian diplomacy expressed gratitude for the principled position of Morocco concerning non-recognition of the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo and for Morocco's active support to efforts made by Serbia aiming to preserve its territorial integrity and sovereignty. He stressed that Serbia highly valued the support extended by Morocco in international organizations on the issue.

Selakovic also pointed out that Serbia was committed to strengthening peace and stability in the region of North Africa and the Maghreb, and that he highly valued the contribution and key role of Morocco in achieving those goals. He pointed out that Serbia supported the efforts of the Kingdom of Morocco in resolving its issues of national importance through a dialogue that strived for fair, realistic and sustainable solutions, based on international law.

When it comes to parliamentary cooperation, Selakovice emphasized that this was a very important segment of cooperation and said that very good communication was achieved in that area, which should be continued. He also noted that this cooperation was encouraged through the existing parliamentary friendship groups as well as the Memorandum of Understanding between the two Parliaments, which was signed in 2018.

Discussing the promotion of overall cooperation between the two countries, Selakovic especially emphasized the readiness of Serbia to further develop and expand its economic relations with Morocco, including increasing the trade in goods, which did not match the level of excellent political relations.

He also said that Serbia was interested in Moroccan experiences in the development of economic cooperation on the African market, noting that our country saw Morocco as a gateway for economic access to this important market, but also as a bridge to enable the partnership with Morocco to grow into a partnership with the African continent.

Selakovic said that Serbia was committed to joining the European Union, but also that it pursued a policy of fostering friendships with the Russian Federation, China, countries of Africa, Latin America and the Arab world.

The Minister informed Habib El Malki that Serbia and Belgrade were preparing to mark the 60th anniversary of the first Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in October this year and that we would be honoured by the presence of Morocco.

The two collocutors discussed the Covid-19 pandemic, exchanged their countries' experiences in the fight against the virus and expressed readiness for further cooperation on that issue.