US, Morocco affirm “long-standing strategic partnership”

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Wednesday with Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita .

During the meeting both sides affirmed the “longstanding strategic partnership” between the two countries and discussed opportunities to expand cooperation on regional issues, said State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino in a statement “The States Secretary acknowledged Morocco’s constructive participation in talks with the UN Personal Envoy for Western Sahara,” and thanked Morocco “for its resolute efforts to counter Iran’s malign influence in the region”, the statement added.

Pompeo thanked the Moroccan Foreign Minister “for his support of Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guiado.” Discussion also included “the upcoming Ministerial meeting to promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East, which Pompeo considered an important step toward building a stronger security framework in the Middle East.

On other hand, the State Department announced in a separate statement, the US and Morocco convened a working group of the U.S.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue “in order to strengthen cooperation on common interests in Africa”.

It indicated that the delegations from the two countries agreed to build on ongoing initiatives to address political, economic, and security issues facing the continent.” The delegations discussed “new opportunities for possible trilateral cooperation on the continent, including in development finance, trade, and youth empowerment; countering terrorism; building the capacity of security services in the region; and strengthening governance,” according to the statement.

Source: Kuwait News Agency