On the sidelines of the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS held in Marrakech on May 11, 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, met with his counterpart, Mr. Christophe Lutundula Apala. Pen’Apala, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This meeting reflects the strength and closeness of the historical ties of friendship and solidarity between Morocco and the DRC. It also reflects the interest of the two brother countries in the continued development of their multifaceted cooperation, in accordance with the High Directions of His Majesty the King and His Excellency President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
During their talks, the two parties welcomed the perfect agreement of points of view of their respective governments on various bilateral, regional and international issues of common interest, highlighting the efforts made by the two countries and the international community in the fight against terrorism. .
In this regard, Mr. Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen’Apala welcomed Morocco‘s commitment to Africa, under the enlightened leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, to promote a comprehensive and inclusive approach in the fight against terrorism, based on security and the develop.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo reiterated his country’s support for the Plan of Autonomy in the Sahara within the framework of the territorial integrity of Morocco, for which he has appointed a Consul General in Dakhla, and calls to all States that love peace and justice to promote it.
In the same vein, he reaffirmed the DRC‘s support for the search for a lasting solution preserving the territorial integrity, unity and sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco, under the exclusive aegis of the United Nations and in compliance with decision 693 of the Morocco Summit. Heads of State and Government of the African Union of July 2018 recognizing such exclusivity to the UN with a view to resolving this regional conflict over the Sahara.
For his part, MFA Bourita, speaking on behalf of the Kingdom of Morocco, paid tribute to the initiatives and actions carried out by His Excellency President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, during his mandate at the head of the African Union (AU) in order to to consolidate the security, independence, territorial integrity and unity of all African States and the entire continent.
He also praised the DRC‘s contribution to the international community’s efforts to promote regional peace and stability, as well as the trust it enjoys as an actor committed to security and the fight against terrorism and armed groups in the subregion. .
MFA Bourita praised His Excellency President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo’s efforts to establish peace and security in eastern DRC, and welcomed his accession to the East African Community (EAC).
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates expressed the Kingdom’s full support for the Nairobi process under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, current President of the EAC, with a view to neutralizing the negative forces fueling insecurity in the Eastern Democratic Republic. Republic of the Congo and in the Great Lakes subregion and restore peace there.
He called on the AU and the UN to support the efforts of the East African Community leaders, in particular by actively participating in the speedy implementation of the peace plan drawn up by the Heads of State of Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and the DRC. .
Both Ministers also underlined the importance of strengthening communication and coordination in the different multilateral platforms, such as the AU and the UN, to make the diplomatic actions carried out at the level of these organizations more consistent with the official positions adopted by the two countries. on various topics of common interest.
In the same spirit, the two parties expressed their commitment to support, in a concerted and mutual manner, the Moroccan and Congolese candidatures at the level of regional and international organizations.
In this sense, the MFA Bourita thanked his Congolese counterpart for the support provided by the DRC to the election of the Kingdom of Morocco as a member of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union for the period 2022-2025 and expressed his willingness to support the Candidacy of the DRC for the position of non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, for the period 2026-2027.
The two Ministers highlighted the interest shown by the Heads of State in the development of cooperation relations and economic association between the two sister countries.
MFA Bourita reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to support the DRC in its development efforts, particularly in areas with a strong socio-economic impact, including agriculture, health, water, electricity and renewable energies.
In this sense, the two officials agreed to hold joint sectoral tables for the implementation of projects and concrete action plans in the targeted sectors.
While welcoming the establishment in February 2020 of a Morocco–DRC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIMC), the two sides agreed to hold the 6th Morocco–DRC Joint Cooperation Commission in 2022, as well as the Morocco/DRC Economic Forum. , with a view to further promoting trade and economic exchanges between the two countries and taking advantage of the presence of the Congolese consulate in Dakhla, which is set to become a flagship center in terms of regional economic integration.
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