Morocco has become the second country for the issuance of French visas, after China, said the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, recalling that never in history has France issued as many visas to Moroccans as last year.
More than 400,000 visas have been issued to Moroccans by the various French consulates established in the Kingdom, said Le Drian in a press briefing after his talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.
The increase in this “very significant” figure of 10% per annum shows the “attractiveness” of relations between Morocco and France, he noted, noting that given the influx of requests he must be managed, there are deadlines for instructions.
“It is rather good news for our relationship, but it must be managed as best as possible,” he insisted, indicating that agents operating in the consulates of France in Morocco do so with “a lot of determination” of so that visa applicants can be honored as soon as possible.
Moreover, the head of French diplomacy said that the cost of the visa has not increased, stating that his country is subject to European regulations on the subject.
Regarding bilateral economic relations, Le Drian welcomed “a considerable economic relationship”, recalling that more than 900 French companies are directly or indirectly present on Moroccan territory by creating thousands of jobs. “We have a will to continue together in a real partnership, which was singularly illustrated at the inauguration of the LGV but which is also reinforced by the decision to implement a solar power plant Noor” he continued, believing that all this shows the success of bilateral economic relations, and which contribute to the development of a country and an entire region.