Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad Nasser Bourita met, on Monday in Rabat, with his Mauritanian counterpart Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed. This meeting is part of the strengthening of bilateral relations and is in line with the desire of the two countries to continue consolidating ties of cooperation. During a joint press briefing, Bourita described as “very important” the visit of the Mauritanian minister who carries a message from the Head of State, Mohammed Ould Sheikh El-Ghazouani to his brother HM the King Mohammed VI, related to bilateral relations and coordination on regional issues. The visit is part of the positive development in Moroccan-Mauritanian relations since President Mohammed Ould Sheikh El-Ghazouani took office, he added. Contacts are regular between HM the King and the Mauritanian President on bilateral relations and regional issues, he said, stressing the common will of the two heads of state to raise bilateral relations to a higher level. In this regard, he recalled that these relations are characterized by their historical and human aspects as well as a neighborly relationship between two brotherly countries. Bourita also said that the meeting with his Mauritanian peer focused on the next steps to give concrete substance to the ambition of the two heads of state to develop these relations, through the holding of the High Joint Committee and the monitoring committee at the level of foreign ministers. The minister highlighted the excellent bilateral relations on the political level, noting that the economic and sectoral aspects need an impetus to materialize the vision of HM the King and the Mauritanian president who aspire to strong neighborly relations, based on human and historical ties and strategic bonds between the two sister nations. During the next phases at the level of the joint committee and the monitoring committee, the emphasis will be laid on strengthening this sectoral cooperation and the mobilization of economic stakeholders within the framework of a bilateral and trilateral vision, he said. Bourita affirmed that he conveyed, to his Mauritanian counterpart, the greetings of HM the King to the Mauritanian president and the esteem of the Sovereign for the efforts made by the Head of State since he took office in view of achieving socio-economic development and political stability in the country, as well as for the actions carried out by the President and the Republic of Mauritania at the regional level, particularly in the Sahel-Saharan region and at the continental and Arab levels. This visit is an opportunity to reaffirm the solidity of these bilateral relations under the leadership of HM the King and the Mauritanian president and to refute the discourse of those who want to undermine these strong and solid ties, which are currently experiencing a positive development, he added.
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