Minister Bourita discusses with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Niger in Gambia

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, held talks today, Thursday in Banjul, Gambia, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Niger, Bakari Yaou Sangaré.

Discussions between the two ministers focused on ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation relations between Morocco and the Republic of Niger, as well as on issues of common interest. The head of Nigerien diplomacy, in a statement to the Moroccan Press Agency after this meeting, said he had discussed with his Moroccan counterpart the state of relations between the two countries, as well as current issues within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Atlantic Initiative launched by His Majesty King Mohammed VI to strengthen the access of coastal countries to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Nigerien minister added that he was “extremely satisfied to see things progressing” regarding this royal initiative, stressing that “things are moving faster and further” on the Moroccan side.

The Nigerien official confirmed that a meeting on this subject will take place very soon at the level of technical experts from Niger “to define a roadmap for the implementation of this initiative”.

The minister stressed that “the skeptics will realize that these are not utopia but real questions”, adding that His Majesty King Mohammed VI was “really keen” to help the coastal countries.

This meeting is part of the 15th session of the Islamic Summit Conference, scheduled for May 4 and 5 in Banjul, under the theme “Strengthening unity and solidarity through dialogue for sustainable development”, in the presence of the Moroccan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Permanent Representative of Morocco to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Mustapha Mansouri, and Mr. Mohammed Methqal, Ambassador, Director General of the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation.

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