HM King Mohammed VI’s reform agenda was highlighted during talks held Monday in Washington between US Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken, and Morocco’s minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita. In a statement issued following the meeting, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the two sides discussed the newly formed Moroccan government’s efforts “to advance King Mohammed VI’s reform agenda” in several areas, including the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as the importance of building on “the productive September U.S.-Morocco dialogue on human rights”. The US top diplomat emphasized, on this occasion, that “the longstanding bilateral partnership between Washington and Rabat is rooted in shared interests in regional peace, security, and prosperity.” In a letter sent to HM King Mohammed VI on the occasion of Morocco’s independence day, US President Joe Biden highlighted the longstanding United States-Moroccan relationship. “Our 235-year partnership, beginning with the signing of the United States-Morocco Treaty of Peace and Friendship in 1786, has proven time and again the importance and value of mutual respect and cooperation,” the US President pointed out in the message. “We look forward to deepening our shared commitments, investing in mutual prosperity, and building upon the steadfast partnership. Our common interest in peace, security and stability in North Africa provides a strong foundation for continued collaboration and engagement,” the US President underlined.
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