Moroccan king bolsters cooperation with Ivory Coast

The two countries signed six cooperation agreements

ABIDJAN - HM King Mohammed VI reiterated Tuesday Morocco’s firm determination to build, with Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), “a fruitful and prosperous model” of South-South cooperation in Africa during his visit to Abidjan.
“I should like to reiterate Morocco’s firm determination to build, together with the sister nation Cote d’Ivoire, a fruitful and prosperous model which embodies South-South cooperation in Africa, for the progress and well-being of our peoples,” the Moroccan monarch said in a speech during the official dinner offered by Ivorian President, Alassane Outtara.
King Mohammed VI said he hoped to consolidate positive political consultations on fundamental issues such as collective security and stability in the Maghreb region and Western Africa, whose “strategic interests are inseparable”.
The Monarch reaffirmed his country’s commitment to significantly enhancing its institutional cooperation and dialogue with West Africa.
He noted that his visit to Cote d’Ivoire “shapes a project for a shared future” and said it was up to the two countries to maintain and cement the indissoluble bonds which unite them, in order to give this fraternity the brightest, most tangible illustration.
“We have a duty to deepen our cooperation and upgrade it on renewed foundations, in order to tackle the challenges ahead and turn our partnership into real opportunities for trade, growth and progress for the benefit of our two countries,” said the king.
He also described the involvement of the business community as a “determining factor for growth and employment, and for the reinforcement of our partnership.”
Moroccan companies and groups have been setting up business and investing in Cote d’Ivoire since 2011, which is back on the path to sustainable growth.
King Mohammed VI said he has decided to devote special attention to the human dimension, which is the cornerstone of cooperation between Morocco and African sister nations.
A few hours before the official dinner, governments of both countries signed six cooperation agreements in various socio-economic fields amid the presence of both leaders.
The agreements are designed to strengthen the partnership between the two countries in the field of diplomacy, mutual protection of investments, protection of fisheries and aquaculture, aviation and professional training in tourism and civil protection.