Upper House Speaker Discusses Parliamentary Cooperation with Emirati Peer

The Speakers of Morocco’s House of Advisors and UAE’s Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, Naam Miyara and Saqr Ghobash respectively, held talks on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi, focusing on the prospects of strengthening parliamentary cooperation. During this meeting, the two parties expressed their commitment to the exchange of experiences between the two countries in parliamentary matters, as well as strengthening cooperation ties and fruitful dialogue between the two institutions. This commitment comes in order to unify the strategic visions aimed at achieving sustainable development and promoting peace, stability and coexistence at regional and international levels. In a statement to MAP, Miyara stressed that this meeting seeks to strengthen bilateral relations and reflectd a common determination to consolidate cooperation and raise it to the level desired by HM King Mohammed VI, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. He further noted that his visit aims to deepen bilateral cooperation at the executive and legislative levels. Miyara said that his talks with the Speaker of the Federal National Council focused on ways to boost cooperation relations between the legislative institutions of the two countries, adding that this meeting was also an opportunity to deliberate on how to support the common positions between the two parliaments in international institutions and bodies to which they belong. These talks, which were attended by a large delegation of both parties and the Deputy Head of Mission at the Moroccan Embassy in the United Arab Emirates, Abdelillah Oudadas, were also an opportunity to open bridges of South-South cooperation, especially after the holding in Rabat, earlier this month, the Parliamentary Dialogue Forum of Senates and equivalent councils of Africa, the Arab world, Latin America and the Caribbean, he said, recalling in this sense the commitment of HM King Mohammed VI to South-South cooperation given its inevitability. According to Miyara, the legislative institutions of the two countries are in the process of achieving a qualitative leap towards a better cooperation, and a mobilization of synergies, especially with regard to the exchange of experiences and legislation, monitoring of government action and parallel diplomacy. For his part, the Speaker of the Federal National Council of the UAE said that his country and Morocco hold solid and distinguished ties, whose foundations were established by the late HM Hassan II and Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nehyan, noting that these relations are rooted in various areas. In a similar statement, Ghobash expressed his satisfaction with the level of historical and fraternal relations between the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, and their two brotherly peoples. He also affirmed the determination of the Federal National Council to strengthen its relations with the House of Advisors and to take advantage of the experience and expertise it has accumulated, noting that the legislative institutions agree on many issues, especially in connection with bilateral issues or those related to the Arab world. The two institutions, he added, are keen to extend their relations, in a bilateral and harmonious way, to the countries of Africa, Latin America and the Mediterranean, welcoming an “exceptional coordination between the two institutions.” As part of his visit to the United Arab Emirates, the Speaker of the Moroccan House of Advisors is expected to meet with several Emirati officials.