MAP - Wednesday, April 10th 2019

9th session of Moroccan-Kuwaiti Joint Committee Opens in Kuwait

Kuwait - The 9th session of the Moroccan-Kuwaiti joint Committee opened on Tuesday in Kuwait.

The session is co-chaired by minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, and Kuwait's deputy Prime minister and minister for Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Bourita stressed that Morocco and Kuwait have a strong reference framework namely "the Marrakech Declaration" dated December 15, 2006, adopted on the occasion of the historic visit by HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Morocco, which provides for the establishment of a strategic relation between the two countries, as a common goal and a legitimate ambition. Kuwait is now the third Arab investor and the 10th largest foreign one in Morocco, with investments of about 12 billion dirhams ($ 1.2 million), he said, deploring that the volume of bilateral trade which reached $ 84 million in 2017 does not match the aspirations of both countries. He also welcomed the intention of the Kuwaiti airline to launch in the coming months a direct air route between the Kuwaiti capital and Casablanca, hoping that this route contributes to the promotion of the volume of bilateral economic trade. The Minister highlighted the important role played by the sister nation of Kuwait in the UN Security Council, where it sits as a member for 2018-2019, commending the outstanding effort of this country in defending a diplomacy that serves the just Arab causes, on top of which the Palestinian issue. He also expressed his satisfaction with the principles shared by the foreign policies of the two countries, including the respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries, non-interference in their domestic affairs, attachment to the values of cooperation and solidarity, and encouragement of dialogue, political solutions and mediation to solve conflicts and crises. Bourita also highlighted the diplomatic efforts of HM King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, through contacts with the superpowers and the action on the ground conducted by the Bait Mal Al Quds Agency. For his part, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah noted that the determination of the two countries to meet regularly via this joint committee reflects their deep and solid bilateral ties, recalling the honorable stances by the Kingdom of Morocco in favor of Kuwait. The Minister reiterated his country's unwavering support for Morocco in all areas, mainly in support of the Kingdom's territorial integrity and autonomy initiative as a basis for any negotiated solution to the Moroccan Sahara issue. Kuwait, as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, supports the main issues involving Morocco, he said.