Hungary reiterated its support for the autonomy plan presented by Morocco and for the efforts carried out under the exclusive auspices of the United Nations, with a view to reaching a political, realistic, pragmatic and lasting solution to the Sahara issue, based on the concept of compromise. In a joint declaration signed on Wednesday in Rabat by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Peter Szijjarto, currently in official visit to Morocco, Budapest reiterated its support “for the Autonomy Plan, presented to the Secretary General of the United Nations on April 11, 2007” and for “the development efforts undertaken by Morocco in the region”. Likewise, Hungary praised “the serious and credible efforts of Morocco, as a regional pole of stability and a privileged partner for development in Africa”, adds the text. Morocco and Hungary underline their positive and constructive role in maintaining stability, security and peace in their respective regions and note their commitment to these principles, as well as to peaceful conflict resolution and respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty of states, specifies the joint declaration. “Hungary salutes Morocco for its decisive and exemplary role in the fight against irregular immigration and terrorism, as a strategic partner of the European Union”, indicates the same document. Likewise, Morocco and Hungary stress the importance of developing cooperation, partnership and dialogue between the EU and its southern neighborhood and with the Euro-African area, in order to provide common responses to all challenges. these regions face, particularly in terms of security, stability, migration and socio-economic and human development, adds the text. In this wake, Hungary welcomes Morocco’s action in favor of the development of a new model of South-South cooperation. In this spirit, the two parties stress the importance of promoting triangular cooperation between the Kingdom, Hungary and their partners in the African continent. The two sides also stressed the importance of raising the level of their economic and trade cooperation to the height of the excellence of bilateral political relations. In this context, the document adds, the two countries agreed to hold the fourth session of the Joint Economic Commission in Budapest in the next six months, in order to identify new areas of mutually beneficial cooperation, in accordance with the priorities of both parties. The two countries undertake to encourage cooperation between companies in priority sectors, including among others, the fields of finance, agriculture, industry, education, information technology, energy, water, health and sustainable development. In this regard, Hungary welcomes the course set by HM King Mohammed VI in a dynamic of openness, progress and modernity, and welcomes its New Development Model and the promotion of advanced regionalization. On the other hand, the two parties welcome and encourage investment opportunities for Moroccan and Hungarian companies in their respective countries in sectors such as agro-industry, IT, IA, digitization, start-ups, green technologies, health and water. In addition, Morocco and Hungary welcome the excellence of bilateral relations in the field of higher education and scientific research, as well as the increase from 100 to 165 in the number of scholarships awarded to Moroccan students for continue their studies at Hungarian universities.