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October 21, 2021

H.E. Mrs. Faouz El Achchabi, Ambassador of The Kingdom of Morocco in Romania: Romania and Morocco, a longstanding and fruitful relationship

The Kingdom of Morocco celebrates, on the 30th of July 2017, the 18th anniversary of the accession of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI to the Alaouite throne.

This celebration represents an event with a strong symbolic meaning for the whole Moroccan Nation and in the sense that it reflects the renewal of the act of allegiance between the Throne and the people, the attachment of the Moroccan people to the national constants and the peculiar place that the Monarchy occupies in the collective memory and in the heart of Moroccan people. It is also an annual occasion to highlight the considerable achievements reached by the Kingdom under the enlightened leadership of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, as well as the challenges ahead.

Since the enthronement of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI on the 30th of July 1999, and under his leadership, Morocco has implemented numerous economic and social projects and has engaged itself in a comprehensive process of deep reforms in all spheres, through an inclusive and participative approach.

Morocco is acknowledged as a committed and responsible actor on the international, continental and regional scenes, as confirmed by its status as the most advanced partner within the European Neighborhood Policy of the European Union, or recently, its reintegration within the African Union.

The Kingdom’s return to its institutional family “the African Union”, on January 30, 2017 has gathered full and straight support from the member states, which consider it as an added value for the Union’s action; a Union that faces various challenges for the future of the continent.

The Morocco’s triumphant return to the African Union illustrates singular attachment of His Majesty the King to the African continent, which was materialized by the conduct of 46 Visits in 25 African countries. It is also the outcome of an efficient and proactive Royal Diplomacy, which aims at providing Africa with a vision built on a South-South Cooperation and a win-win partnership for the emergence of a “New Africa”. The results of this voluntary strategy are already visible in the ground.

In this vein, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Romania, as the Dean of the African Diplomatic and Consular Mission Group, has set up numerous actions and has drawn an annual action plan to ensure better visibility of the African continent, to highlight its potentialities and to advocate for its development.

The important role of the Kingdom of Morocco in Africa and its position as a hub for the African continent can be two strategic pillars for enhancing the longstanding and fruitful relationships between two close friends, Romania and Morocco, which celebrated, on the 20th of February 2017, the fifty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations. All over the years, these relations have reached an excellent level of cooperation which is illustrated by a deep political dialogue and numerous exchange of visits at different levels.

The quality of bilateral relations is also reflected in a convergence of views on common issues on the international agenda; a convergence that has been materialized through a significant number of mutual supports.

On the economic level, Morocco is one of the leading trade partners of Romania in Africa and the Arab world. Indeed, in 2016, trade between Morocco and Romania totaled 718.3 million dollars. Moroccan imports averaged 556.4 million of dollars (increase of 31%compared to 2015), while exports totaled 161.9 million of dollars (increase of 13% compared to 2015).

On the cultural level, nearly 1100 Moroccan students of a total of 1504 Moroccan citizens residing in Romania are an active part of the Romanian higher education system. They are registered in the Romanian Universities of Medicine and Pharmacy, Engineering, Architecture, Polytechnics, Economics and Foreign Languages of Iasi, Cluj, Timisoara, Arad, Bucharest, Constanta and Craiova. This presence is the result of a long tradition of exchanges between the two countries.

The sum of these elements allow Romania and Morocco to look forward to the future with serenity and confident hopes.

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