Selakovic: Serbia is ready to achieve the strongest possible economic cooperation with Morocco

06. May 2021.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selakovic met in Rabat with Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco Saad Dine El Otmani.

The Head of Serbian diplomacy pointed out that there were no open issues between the two countries and assessed the bilateral relations between Serbia and Morocco as very good, friendly and sincere.

Convinced that the visit to Morocco will give impetus to the substantial promotion of bilateral relations as a whole, Selakovic stressed that Serbia was committed to developing comprehensive cooperation with Morocco, expecting further intensification of political dialogue and strengthening of economic relations.

Selakovic thanked El Otmani for Morocco's consistent policy and principled position concerning non-recognition of the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo, as well as for its active support extended so far to the efforts made by Serbia aiming to preserve its territorial integrity and sovereignty, and expressed hope that Morocco's stance would not change and that the two sides would continue to assist each other within international organizations in line with their national priorities.

In addition, Serbia strived to further expand its economic relations with Morocco, which included increasing the trade in goods, the Minister underscored adding that our country was ready to achieve the strongest possible economic cooperation with Morocco, which would adequately reflect the friendly relations between our countries and peoples.

Minister Selakovic emphasized that there was mutual interest in improving cooperation, to which belonging to the common region and market proximity made a contribution.

The Minister pointed out that Serbia was interested in the export of agricultural machines and tools, grain, especially high-quality varieties of seeds, to the Moroccan market, adding that Serbia also strived to enhance cooperation in terms of attracting Moroccan investments.

The Serbian Foreign Minister also said that the two countries had an interest in promoting joint investments in industries whose products were in short supply, such as the pharmaceutical, textile and wood industries, as well as a common interest in launching products on third markets, which was enabled by free trade agreements that both countries signed with other countries or groups of countries. Also, according to the Minister, there was a huge potential and interest for Morocco to be a bridge between our country and the market of West Africa.

Selakovic emphasized that opportunities for cooperation also existed in the field of information and communication technologies, and underlined that the Serbian side was particularly interested in the development of cooperation in culture and education, which contributed to getting to know each other better and expanding cooperation in all other areas.