Morocco and Sierra Leone to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation

Rabat –  Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, met with his Sierra Leonean counterpart, Nabeela Tunis, on Monday, August 19th, in Rabat. The meeting aimed to discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries in all areas of common interest, including the promotion of regional and continental peace, economic progress, and human development.The two ministers expressed their satisfaction with the progress of the cooperation between the two countries since the Second Session of the Joint Commission of Cooperation between the two countries held in Rabat in 2008.Bourita commended Sierra Leone’s “remarkable development,” and reaffirmed the readiness of Morocco to support the Sierra Leonean efforts to further boost development. Tunis praised the Moroccos efforts in contributing to the peace, stability and prosperity of the continent. She also expressed the importance that the Sierra Leonean government attaches to maintaining good relations with Morocco.The two ministers agreed to hold regular consultations and to support each other on issues that concern the fundamental interests of the two countries. They also agreed to hold the next Session of the Joint Commission of Cooperation between the two countries in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown.The Sierra Leonean minister reiterated her country’s “continued support” for the territorial integrity of Morocco, praising “the efforts made by Morocco through the Autonomy Plan to find a peaceful and political solution” to this issue.Sierra Leone, which withdrew its recognition of the self-styled Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in 2003, is only an example of a number of other countries that do not recognize SADR., Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, among others, have all declared their support for Morocco’s territorial integrity. Read also: Moroccan Government: Withdrawals of SADR Recognition Will Continue