The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia and Nasser Bourita reaffirm their support for a political solution in the Moroccan Sahara

At the invitation of HE the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Nasser Bourita, HE the Vice-President and Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Colombia, Marta Lucia Ramírez, paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Morocco, from October 28 to November 1, 2021. This visit was a favorable occasion to salute the excellence of bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Colombia and to reaffirm the common will of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Excellency President Iván Duque Márquez, to continue to consolidate the fruitful multidimensional association which fortunately exists between the two countries, both bilaterally and multilaterally and in particular within the framework of cooperation South-South. Likewise, the two Ministers reiterated their commitment to continue to promote and strengthen political, trade, energy, economic, cultural and academic relations, exploring the opportunities offered to strengthen bilateral exchanges and taking into account complementarity and respective potentials of the two countries, particularly in terms of renewable energies, trade, infrastructure and tourism. Regarding economic and trade relations, the two Ministers pledged to seek new mechanisms to expand and diversify trade and explore investment possibilities, through the establishment of productive platforms that facilitate access to markets with their members. respective regions, urging Moroccan and Colombian experts to hold sectoral meetings, establishing a roadmap with priorities to this end. On the other hand, during this meeting, Mr. Nasser Bourita reiterated his country’s support for the policy of “Peace within the Law” led by the President of the Republic of Colombia HE Mr. Iván Duque Márquez and for the multiple actions stabilization initiatives undertaken by Colombia as part of the implementation of the peace agreements. Nasser Bourita also praised the efforts of the President of the Republic of Colombia HE Mr. Iván Duque Márquez and his Government in matters of peace, legality as well as the improvement of conditions in the regions of the country and the impact of these measures. in terms of stability and perception. → Read also: Morocco-Colombia: cultural cooperation one of the key priorities Nasser Bourita welcomed the decision announced by the Attorney General of the International Criminal Court to close the preliminary case on Colombia. Likewise, the two Ministers welcomed the convergence of points of view on multiple issues, both regional and international, and promised to increase cooperation and coordination within international and regional organizations, agreeing to this In this regard, to work together to strengthen multilateral diplomacy and in global forums, in which the two countries are active. Minister Nasser Bourita informed HE the Vice-President and Minister of External Relations of the latest developments relating to the Autonomy Initiative for the Sahara region presented by Morocco in 2007. For her part, the Vice-President and Minister of External Relations underlined, as it has been recognized in various Resolutions of the UN Security Council, the serious efforts made by the Kingdom of Morocco in the search for a political, pragmatic, realistic and lasting solution to this dispute, within the framework of the political process conducted under the exclusive auspices of the United Nations. In this sense, the Vice-President and Minister of External Relations underlined the importance of the Moroccan Initiative, with a view to reaching a political, realistic, lasting solution based on the compromise of all parties, with a view to to put an end to this question, which is vital for Morocco, within the framework of its sovereignty and its territorial integrity. The Vice-President and Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Colombia, H.E Mrs. Marta Lucia Ramírez informed the Minister of the instructions given to the new Ambassador of Colombia in Rabat, to extend the consular jurisdiction of the Embassy of Colombia to the Kingdom of Morocco over all Moroccan territory, including the Sahara. Given the impact of the migratory phenomenon, the two Ministers agreed that it represents a real challenge for the international community. In this context and concerning the crisis in Venezuela, Mr. Nasser Bourita praised the intense work carried out by Colombia to try to remedy the humanitarian situation caused by the large number of Venezuelan migrants arriving in the country, stressing the importance that the Colombia adopts the Temporary Protection Statute for Venezuelan migrants and the granting of the Temporary Protection card. In this sense, Colombia and Morocco coincide in their vision of a migration policy that preserves the legitimate rights of migrants and guarantees their dignity. In the field of cultural and educational cooperation, the two parties agreed on the relevance of continuing to promote them and extend them to various sectors of common interest, through academic activities and exchanges between academic institutions of the two countries. . The two Ministers decided to launch, very soon, two integrated programs in the field of agriculture (irrigation systems, soil mapping, fertilizers, etc.) in two regions of Colombia which will be identified on the Atlantic coast and Peaceful. Likewise, two Ministers also decided to set up programs for the exchange of experiences and good practices in the field of social economy, in particular for and with the participation of women in rural areas. In addition, the two Ministers decided to extend cooperation in cultural matters through exchanges between the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Gold Museum of the Bank of the Republic of Colombia. Likewise, following the acts signed during the working meeting held on April 6, 2021, the two parties exchanged notes concerning the entry into force of the Agreement on visa waiver for visa holders. ordinary passports, which will result in a great strengthening of human, tourist, economic, social, commercial and academic exchanges between the two friendly countries. Regarding the invitation addressed to Mr. Nasser Bourita to make a working and friendly visit to Colombia, the Minister announced his intention to make the said visit during the year 2022. Expressing his satisfaction for the progress made and mutual understanding, Her Excellency the Vice-President and Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Colombia, Marta Lucia Ramírez, thanked the warm welcome and hospitality received during her visit to the Kingdom of Morocco.