Morocco pleads for the promotion of Arab-Japanese cooperation

Morocco, which maintains distinguished relations with Japan, is ready to use all available means to help promote Arab-Japanese political dialogue and raise it to a level of genuine cooperation, the minister said on Thursday. Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad. NasserBourita, who spoke by videoconference in the framework of the second session of the Ministerial Meeting of the Arab-Japanese political dialogue, noted that this cooperation must be based on a clear vision and realistic action plans to strengthen mutual interests and achieve common benefits. . This meeting rightly allows to propel the process of this dialogue to higher levels and to move from consultation to the launching of concrete initiatives and programs “in harmony with our common quest to achieve sustainable development for the benefit of our peoples. and our region, in a win-win logic, ”he said. Arab-Japanese cooperation, economically and politically, is one of the most important forums for dialogue between Arab countries and other friendly countries, aimed at consolidating the foundations of consultation and cooperation for achieve the common interest and mutual benefit, said Nasser Bourita. He also underlined that this cooperation has become an urgent necessity in order to be able to face the challenges, such as those imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, which have tested the cohesion of the international community and shown that there is no way out of global crises except through intensified efforts and the exchange of new expertise and information without favoritism or monopolization of solutions. In this regard, the minister praised the spirit of solidarity that Japan has expressed towards Arab countries in the fight against the new coronavirus, as well as the aid granted by the Japanese government to overcome this ordeal and mitigate its repercussions, specifying that Morocco, for example, received support in the form of a loan of $ 200 million on preferential terms, in addition to various grants to deal with the social and economic impacts of the pandemic. ” On the other hand, Nasser Bourita indicated that the item “Maritime safety, international law and energy security”, which was part of the agenda of this meeting, undoubtedly reflects the importance of this issue for the Arab and Japanese parties, and this for two reasons, firstly the Arab region represents a factor of balance and stability for energy supplies in the world and secondly the Japanese partner imports about 90% of its goods. energy treatments of the countries of the region. “Starting from the logic of mutual interest, we are called today to adopt a common approach encompassing an international effort that goes beyond traditional institutional borders, to guarantee respect for the security and stability of maritime passages in the Arab region. , so as to contribute to the flow of traffic “, he insisted. In this regard, he stressed that Morocco, located at the most important crossroads in the world (the Strait of Gibraltar knows every day the passage of more than 300 merchant ships and 500,000 tons of fuel), and which drives 95% of its international trade through maritime navigation, is aware of the vital importance of this activity as a fundamental lever for development and calls for ensuring the safety, security and sustainability of maritime traffic. “The Kingdom also stresses the need to respect international law and maritime navigation rules, which should not be subject to any constraint or interference,” he added. Regarding Moroccan-Japanese relations, Nasser Bourita said they represent a model of fruitful and lasting interaction, the success of which has not been hampered by geographic distance or cultural difference. One of the illustrations of this interaction, he added, is the choice of 75 Japanese companies to invest in Morocco, in addition to the economic and social projects carried out by the Japan Agency for International Cooperation (JICA) in various regions. of the Kingdom. It is also about the holding of the “5th Morocco-Japan Joint Commission” in January 2020 which contributed to enriching the legal framework of bilateral relations through the conclusion of two new agreements concerning the encouragement and protection of investments and the elimination of double taxation, he noted. The minister also stressed that Morocco, under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, is determined to promote its relations with Japan in order to cover broader areas, to work together to consolidate the rules of international cooperation based on respect for the sovereignty of States, their territorial integrity and their national constants, and to contribute to the support of the excellent relations between the Arab countries and Japan. It is also a question of strengthening the relations of partnership and cooperation between Japan and African countries, in particular within the framework of the “Tokyo International Conference on the Development of Africa”, on which the Kingdom is counting as a platform. to implement economic and social development projects that serve the interests of the continent, and not to hinder them from sterile political submissions, he continued.