Adoption by the European Parliament, by an overwhelming majority, of the Morocco-EU agricultural agreement confirms that “any agreement covering the Moroccan Sahara can only be negotiated and signed by the Kingdom as part of the exercise of its full sovereignty over this part of its territory,” says the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The department, which welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament, in plenary session in Strasbourg, of the Exchange of Letters concerning the Agricultural Agreement concluded between the Kingdom of Morocco and the EU, states in a statement that this the agreement explicitly emphasizes that agricultural and fishing products from the southern provinces of the Kingdom benefit from the same tariff preferences as those covered by the Association Agreement.
This vote, overwhelmingly, crowns a long process of technical negotiations, political consultations and legal validations, initiated between Morocco and the EU, notes the ministry, adding that throughout this process Morocco has been driven by a triple logic, namely the non-negotiable defense of its territorial integrity and the fundamentals of its position with respect to the Moroccan Sahara, the preservation of its economic interests in a large sector with a privileged commercial partner and a sincere attachment multidimensional and deep partnership with the EU.
Morocco, emphasizes the Ministry, wishes to express its appreciation for the action of all EU institutions and EU Member States, and their continued commitment in a spirit of responsibility, to cope with the maneuvers and attacks led by Algeria and the Polisario to torpedo this secular partnership.
The Kingdom considers that the adoption of this Agreement provides a solid basis for a full revival of its partnership with the EU, in order to jointly address the challenges facing the region and seize its opportunities in a spirit of clarity, responsibility and ambition, the statement concludes.