US Members of Congress, including Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, on a delegation in Morocco to “further boost bilateral cooperation”:
A delegation of US congressmen, led by Hal Rogers Chair of the Appropriations Committee at the House of Representatives, discussed the means to further boost bilateral cooperation with Morocco during a meeting, on Tuesday in Rabat, with Minister Delegate to the Foreign Minister Mbarka Bouaida and Minister Delegate to the Interior Minister Charki Drais.
During the talks, Bouaida highlighted the strategic and multi-dimensional relations between Morocco and the United States and briefed the US Congressmen on the political, economic and social reforms undertaken in Morocco under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI.
On the issue of combating violent extremism, Bouaida said that Morocco advocates a “pragmatic” and “comprehensive” cooperation to address this issue.
On the situation in the Sahara, Bouaida provided an overview of the latest developments on this issue highlighting the efforts led by Morocco to achieve a lasting, mutually-acceptable and realistic solution based on the parameters set in UN Security Council resolutions.
In this regard, she welcomed the US support for Morocco’s autonomy initiative as a serious, credible and realistic solution to the Sahara issue.
Concerning the situation in North Africa, Bouaida reiterated Morocco’s position in favour of integration in the Maghreb as a way to address several social, economic and security challenges and foster stability and economic prosperity in the five North African countries of the Maghreb.
For his part, the head of the US delegation expressed satisfaction at the longstanding relations between Morocco and the US and urged the two countries to further bolster bilateral cooperation notably in the field of security.
The two parties also expressed the need for a strong and serious commitment in fighting all terrorist movements that are threatening the region’s stability and security…[Original Story, Subscription Required]