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Morocco and UK celebrate the 300th anniversary of the 1st agreement

The Moroccan Embassy in London and the British Embassy in Rabat celebrated, in virtual mode, the 300th anniversary of the first agreement reached between the two countries and their distinguished relations.

In a video posted on the Facebook accounts of the two diplomatic representations, the Moroccan ambassador in London, Abdeslam Aboudrar highlighted this first peace and trade exchange agreement concluded between the two countries under the Alawite Sultan Moulay Ismail and King George I, recalling the strong Moroccan-British friendship that dates back to the 13th century.

He also noted that under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, Morocco has embarked on structural reforms, ambitious economic programs and innovative social and cultural initiatives, while gaining significant diplomatic gains.

The diplomat indicated that the relations of cooperation between Morocco and Great Britain have risen to a higher level, adding that strategic negotiations were launched three years ago in particular in matters of politics, diplomacy, trade, investment, defense, security, culture and education.

These negotiations will continue in the coming weeks in a better framework after the entry into force on January 1, 2021 of the association agreement between the two Kingdoms, he said.

For his part, the British Ambassador in Rabat, Simon Martin said in a similar video that the three-century agreement represented a new stage in Moroccan-British relations, making Great Britain the Morocco’s first commercial “ally”. He also highlighted the distinguished relations between the two countries enhanced by the entry into force of the association agreement which promises a bright future for these Moroccan-British cooperation relations.

This virtual ceremony was marked by artistic shows given by students of the Higher National Institute of Music and Choreographic Arts in Rabat. Also, Moroccan Aida Lahlou, a student at Saint John’s Faculty in the United Kingdom, performed a sublime musical composition on piano.

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