The Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Maldives concluded this Friday in Rabat, four bilateral agreements on visa exemption, cooperation in religious matters, strengthening of political consultations and cooperation between research institutes diplomatic.
These are two agreements on visa exemption and cooperation on religious matters, as well as two memorandum of understanding on strengthening political consultations between the two countries and on deepening cooperation between the Moroccan Academy of Diplomatic Studies (AMED) and the Institute of Foreign Affairs of the Maldivian Ministry, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita, at a press briefing after talks with the Maldivian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid.
Shahid’s visit, the first of a Maldivian foreign minister’s chief, comes as the two countries celebrate the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic relations, he said, noting that this is an opportunity to to reaffirm the content of the spiritual, religious, cultural and human ties that bind the two countries, especially since Islam was introduced to the Maldives through a highly esteemed Moroccan scholar within this island state.
The talks focused on ways to develop bilateral cooperation through concrete projects, noted Mr. Bourita, noting that he agreed with his Maldivian counterpart on strengthening cooperation and sharing experiences in agriculture, sea fishing and tourism, important sectors for both countries.
Strengthening training has also been on the agenda through the awarding of scholarships for vocational and academic training next year, Bourita said, adding that he also decided with Shahid to the establishment of an honorary consulate of Morocco in the Maldives, with a view in particular to developing economic cooperation and monitoring projects to be concluded between the two countries.
The visit was also an opportunity to discuss regional and international issues and joint action at the multilateral level, especially since Morocco and the Maldives coordinate their actions at the level of international fora, including the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), he said, adding that the joint action will be especially strengthened in the fight against extremism and climate change.
For his part, Shahid said he was carrying a message from the Maldivian President, Ibrahim Mohamad Solih, to King Mohammed VI, highlighting “the special place occupied by Morocco in the hearts of the Maldivian people with whom the Kingdom shares ties of secular friendship and diplomatic relations of more than three decades”.
The head of the Maldivian diplomacy also welcomed the four agreements concluded, which are able to further consolidate the relations between the two countries and to develop the mechanisms of cooperation between the two ministries, particularly in terms of coordination at the international level.
The memorandum of understanding between the AMED and the Institute for Diplomatic Studies of the Maldivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will offer the Maldives the opportunity to benefit from the Kingdom’s “great experience” in this area, he added. Noting that cooperation in training will enable Maldivians to access “a renowned academy”.
The visa waiver agreement will further consolidate political, economic and people-to-people relations, said Shahid, adding that the agreement on religious cooperation will formalize the intentions to work with the Kingdom in a field where it plays a leading role in combating violence, extremism and radicalization by promoting the true precepts of moderate Islam.
The two countries agreed, continued the Maldivian Minister, to work more closely on important issues, particularly under the auspices of the United Nations and the OIC, noting that he will have, in this sense, a series of interviews with several Moroccan officials to discuss ways to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries.