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Moroccan and Benin Foreign Ministers Praise Strengthened Bilateral Cooperation

Alalam24, Rabat – Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, along with his Beninese counterpart, Aurelien Agbenonci, held discussions in Rabat on Tuesday, applauding the significant progress achieved in various fields of cooperation between the two countries since King Mohammed VI’s visit to Cotonou in 2004

In a joint statement following their talks, both ministers reiterated their commitment to further enhancing and diversifying areas of cooperation between the two nations in promising sectors. These sectors align with the strategic priorities of the Second Government Action Program (PAG2) for the period 2021-2026, following the high directives of President Patrice Talon

The statement also highlighted Morocco’s readiness to strengthen cooperation with Benin in areas of mutual interest, including the cultural event “Art in Benin: From Recovery to Renaissance,” which took place at the Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat. Mr. Bourita expressed Morocco’s deep gratitude to President Patrice Talon for honoring Morocco by hosting the contemporary segment of this exhibition in Rabat

Moreover, both parties, who share a common vision for boosting trade exchanges and encouraging investments, look forward to establishing a robust economic partnership. They invite the private sectors of both countries to play a leading role in revitalizing and enhancing economic exchanges, contributing to development funding

Within this context, the Beninese side emphasized the importance of facilitating visa issuance for citizens of Benin, a topic discussed during the sixth session of the Joint Large Commission held in Morocco on March 25, 2019

During these discussions, aimed at strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and solidarity between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Benin, Mr. Bourita and Mr. Agbenonci welcomed the deep-rooted and traditional friendship ties connecting the Moroccan and Beninese peoples. They also acknowledged the mutual respect between His Majesty King Mohammed VI and President Patrice Talon

Both ministers affirmed their joint determination to make Moroccan-Beninese partnership relations an exceptional model of African cooperation, grounded in values of solidarity, exchange, and sharing

They also agreed to hold the seventh session of the Joint Large Commission for Cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Benin in November 2023 in the city of Cotonou

At the outset of these discussions, Mr. Agbenonci conveyed his heartfelt condolences from President Patrice Talon and the people of Benin to His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the fraternal Moroccan people following the Hoz earthquake



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