Rabat – Morocco and the UK have reflected their determination to intensify cooperation on sectors like clean energy through the signing of a strategic cooperation framework.
Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and the UK’s Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and the UN, Lord Tariq Ahmed, signed the agreement on Tuesday in Rabat at the fourth session of the UK-Morocco strategic dialogue.
The strategic framework aims to help support the two countries’ cooperation in a broad range of sectors, including climate action, clean energy, and green growth.
The agreement is also an ambition to support Morocco’s sustainable development, and its goal to ensure a low carbon and resilient economy.
Commenting on the signing, Lord Ahmed said: “Another milestone in the UK-Morocco relations as we reaffirmed our common vision for the establishment of a strategic partnership and deepening friendship between our two Kingdoms.”
The UK has long emphasized its interest in expanding cooperation with Morocco in several sectors, including renewable energies and agriculture.
UK Ambassador Simon Martin made this appeal in a recent interview in May last year, stressing that Morocco’s new development model offers an opportunity to better exploit new opportunities that the two countries’ economies offer.
“This will allow a new impetus to bilateral relations between the two countries which have just celebrated the 300th anniversary of the first diplomatic treaty signed between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom in 1721,” he said.
Morocco has in recent years attracted the attention of many countries that are interested in its potential in the renewable energies sector.
The country is home to several milestone renewable energy projects, including the Ouarzazate power plant, one of the largest in the world. The plant supplies over 2 million Moroccans, with a capacity of 580 megawatts.
In addition to renewable energy, Morocco and the US also seek to boost cooperation in different sectors, political and cultural dialogue, and trade.
During the fourth dialogue session, the UK reiterated its support for Morocco’s efforts and commitment to the UN-led political process in Western Sahara.
Source : MoroccoWorldNews