Ouagadougou welcomes the African Atlantic Initiative for the benefit of coastal countries

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation and Burkinabés Abroad, Karamoko Jean-Marie Traoré, welcomed the African Atlantic Initiative launched by His Majesty King Mohammed VI for the benefit of coastal countries.

In a statement to the press after a meeting he had on Saturday in Banjul with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita, the head of Burkinabe diplomacy underlined that Burkina Faso, “which does not have maritime access”, welcomed this royal initiative which allows coastal countries to access the Atlantic Ocean.

He affirmed that his country “shows interest on several levels” in this royal initiative, noting that more technical details about it will soon be revealed, which are not limited to physical access, but also include other types of infrastructure needed by non-coastal countries to improve their economic performance.

The Burkinabe minister added that this initiative is perfectly in line with the integration policies implemented at the level of West Africa, as well as within the framework of the Alliance of coastal countries, which brings together Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.

After welcoming this initiative, the minister affirmed that his country’s experts “will be ready”, indicating that a meeting will soon be organized to examine the contours of the initiative.

The meeting between Mr. Bourita and his Burkinabe counterpart notably discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations, as well as issues of common interest and the situation in the region.

These discussions took place on the sidelines of the summit of the 15th session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, in the presence of the ambassador, director general of the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation, Mohammed M’Thékal.

During his visit to the Gambian capital, Mr. Bourita held a series of meetings with numerous counterparts and officials participating in the Islamic summit, whose work began on Saturday in the Gambian capital.

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