Serbia and Morocco on the path for a strategic partnership
The official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, M. Nikola Selakovic, to Morocco, on May 5 and 6, 2021, in the framework of celebrating the 64th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Serbia, was an opportunity for deepening the political dialogue and the exchange of views on international and regional issues of common interest.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad of the Kingdom of Morocco, M. Nasser Bourita and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, M. Nikola Selakovic welcomed the virtuous dynamic characterizing the bilateral relations at the political, economic, cultural and university levels and the outstanding coordination within international organizations.
The Serbian Minister welcomes the central place of Morocco under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, as a pole of stability and growth in the region.
They welcomed the exemplary management by the two countries of the Covid-19 pandemic and the vaccination campaign and they highlighted the significant qualitative leap in Morocco-Serbia trade relations despite the pandemic and agreed to further strengthen them, given the enormous potentialities of the two countries.
In this regard, they announced the holding of the third session of the joint commission for commercial, economic and scientific cooperation, in Belgrade, on June 23-24, 2021, if the epidemiological situation allows it. A preparatory meeting for the said session took place between the two designated co-Presidents (the Moroccan Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts, Air Transport and Social Economy, Mrs. Nadia Fettah and the Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism, and Telecommunications, Mrs. Tatjana Matic), on March 31, 2021 by videoconference.
In order to place the bilateral relations on the path of the strategic partnership so desired by the two countries, they agreed to strengthen their excellent ties at all levels, in the spirit of friendship, mutual trust and respect of the principal of territorial integrity and national sovereignty, in line with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
In this regard, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia highlighted the diplomatic and political efforts made by the Kingdom of Morocco in order to reach a realistic, practical and enduring political solution to the Sahara issue in a spirit of compromise and realism and in full compliance with UN Security Council resolutions.
In that context, the Republic of Serbia considers the Moroccan autonomy initiative, under the Moroccan sovereignty, as a serious and credible solution to the Sahara issue.
The bilateral legal framework continues to strengthen by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Cooperation Program in the fields of Culture, Higher Education, Scientific Research, Communication, Media, Youth and Sports (2021-2024) and the Defense Cooperation Agreement, which will enable the exchange of know-how, experience and enhancing of bilateral relations.