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Visiting Morocco (Rabat) on October 11, 2021, the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop, spoke on issues of common interest to both countries, such as that of the Sahara; the approach to solving Mali’s problems; the transition in Mali; of the assassination in Mali of Moroccan truckers… When meeting his Malian counterpart, the head of Malian diplomacy gave him a written message from the president of the transition of Mali, Assimi Goïta, to His Majesty King Mohammed VI. According to Minister Nasser Bourita, “Morocco considers that the role of the international community, partners and friends of Mali is to support the priorities defined by the Malian authorities and not to replace them, nor to develop recipes. and visions of which Mali is the object and not the actor ”

It was at the end of his meeting with the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita, that the Malian Abdoulaye Diop gave a press conference during which he reaffirmed Mali’s “constant and unequivocal” position “which goes in the direction of full adherence to the process carried out under the aegis of the United Nations with a view to finding a political, peaceful, just, lasting and acceptable solution To the dispute over the issue of the Moroccan Sahara.

While meeting his Malian counterpart, the head of Malian diplomacy gave him a written message from the president of the transition of Mali, Assimi Goïta, to His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

Minister Abdoulaye Diop expressed his honor to “hand over to the very high attention of HM King Mohammed VI, the message of peace, friendship, solidarity and fraternity addressed to him by His Excellency Assimi Goïta, president of the transition and Head of State of Mali, with his fraternal greetings as well as his ardent wishes of happiness for HM the King, and of prosperity and growth for the brotherly people of Morocco ”. In addition, he assured Mali’s commitment to find those responsible for the assassination of Moroccan truckers. The Malian government is committed to doing everything possible to find and bring to justice those responsible for the murder of the two Moroccan truckers in Mali, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop. He stressed that this is a “barbaric act perpetrated by the enemies of peace and development of our two countries”, before expressing “the condolences of the president of the transition and head of state of Mali, Assimi Goïta, from the government and the entire Malian population to the address of HM King Mohammed VI, the Moroccan government and people ”, following this tragic event. Minister Abdoulaye Diop indicated that they were there “to remind us of the danger we experience on a daily basis”, before adding that “these acts should not discourage us”.

Mali is ready for the strengthening of dynamic and multifaceted cooperation links with Morocco, said the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop, welcoming the constant support and understanding by the Kingdom of the process of transition to Morocco. Mali.

“Morocco has a better reading of the situation in Mali”

Minister Abdoulaye Diop said he was satisfied with the convergence of views between the two countries on the issues discussed with his counterpart and reassured of the Moroccan vision and perspective in relation to the situation in Mali.

Minister Diop made a point of “thanking the Kingdom of Morocco for its support to Mali, a multiple support on the political plans, of cooperation and economic development”, noting that “Morocco is one of the countries which have the one of the best readings of the situation in Mali ”.

The Malian minister praised “the diplomatic and political leadership of HM the King, particularly in regional and international issues which contributes to peace, understanding and prosperity throughout the world”.

Regarding the transition process in Mali, Minister Abdoulaye Diop noted that his country’s authorities hope “to be able to set up elected institutions through transparent and credible elections”, noting however the existence of difficulties and challenges. huge demands that “everyone make an effort to understand the situation”. He emphasized two “major problems”, namely the security and the securitization of the country, as well as the holding of the elections scheduled for next February, but which is encountering “difficulties linked to the choice of reforms”.

For his part, Nasser Bourita, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, maintained that Morocco trusts the Malian authorities and the forces of Mali to find “the best adapted solutions” to the country context. The solution of the Malian people will have the support of Morocco. “As on the Libyan file, Morocco has neither agenda nor solutions”, underlined Mr. Bourita during a press conference on the sidelines of his meeting with the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop , noting that the Kingdom “is not among those who say they have the magic recipe or a percentage of the solution to Malian problems”.

“Supporting, not replacing it”

According to him, “Morocco believes that the role of the international community, partners and friends of Mali is to support the priorities defined by the Malian authorities and not to replace them, nor to develop recipes and visions. of which Mali is the object and not the actor, ”he added. Mr. Bourita also reiterated the Kingdom’s clear position in relation to the situation in Mali, specifying that Morocco has an approach which consists of “not interfering in the internal affairs of countries, of trusting the genius of the peoples and to take a lucid look at changes and developments ”.

Morocco, he continued, prefers to dialogue with the Malian authorities, to listen to them and to articulate its accompanying action, stressing that the stability of Mali remains a “key element” for the stability of the region. Recalling the visits of HM the King to Mali in 2013 and 2014, Minister Bourita said that they gave “a stronger and more substantial content” to the relations between the two countries, which have historical and deep relations, with a strong human and religious dimension. The 17 agreements signed during these Royal visits constitute “a solid base” for cooperation in all fields between the two countries, he said. The Moroccan minister indicated that Minister Diop’s visit was an opportunity to review bilateral cooperation, in accordance with the guidelines of the two Heads of State and their shared desire to strengthen sectoral cooperation between the two countries. The two parties agreed to reactivate all cooperation mechanisms between the two countries, in this case the mixed and sectoral commissions, political dialogue and consular commissions, he continued, noting, to this end, the relaunch sectoral cooperation with a program of visits from both sides. “In accordance with HM the King’s High Guidelines, I reiterated to Mr. Diop Morocco’s willingness to support Mali’s development program in the most important sectors, in particular agriculture, water, health, training, investment and infrastructure, ”he said.

Mali enjoys a special place in the bilateral cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco, underlined the minister, recalling that it is the 3rd destination of Moroccan investments in Africa, the 2nd beneficiary of the Kingdom’s training grants on the Continent and a important trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa.

He emphasized the importance of the highways which link Morocco and Mali through Mauritania, and which allow the daily supply of the Malian market with Moroccan products. According to him, cooperation between the two countries “is not only diplomatic, nor linked to regional issues, but a relationship with a strong human dimension”.

B. Daou

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