CAIRO – May 10, 2022: The Foreign Ministries of Egypt and Morocco issued a joint statement Monday evening on the talks held by Minister Sameh Shokry and his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Borita in Rabat.
Minister Shokry highlighted Egypt’s position on Morocco’s territorial integrity and its commitment to resolution no. 2602 for the year 2021 on the question of the Sahara, which welcomed the serious and honest Moroccan efforts aimed at seeking a political settlement.
Referring to Egyptian concerns, the Egyptian minister presented to his Moroccan counterpart the latest developments in the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
In this context, Minister Borita expressed Morocco’s ultimate support for Egyptian water security, as it is part of Arab water security. This is by encouraging the renunciation of unilateral measures regarding transboundary rivers and respect for international law and relevant agreements, including the 2015 Declaration of Principles signed by Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. This is in addition to promoting a position that supports negotiations aimed at reaching a legally binding agreement on the filling and operation of the dam in accordance with the presidential statement issued by the United Nations Security Council in 2021.
The ministers exchanged views on various issues of common interest at the Arab, African and international levels. On this front, Minister Shokry and Minister Borita agreed on the importance of effective international cooperation devoted to countering cross-border threats, including terrorism, extremism and cybercrime.
They also stipulated the need for continued coordination and cooperation on matters relating to the Mediterranean so as to achieve sustainable development, security, stability, the fight against terrorism and the global fight against migration.
In a related context, the two ministers affirmed the need to overcome inter-Arab disagreements in order to sustain Arab unity in the face of unprecedented contemporary challenges. They also affirmed their rejection of any form of foreign interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.
At the same time, the two ministers appreciated the efforts made by their respective states to help their Arab brothers facing difficult political and economic circumstances with the aim of preserving their territorial integrity, sovereignty and social cohesion.
On the Arab level, the two parties renewed their attachment to the Arab and international fundamentals relating to the Palestinian cause, which provide for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
In this context, Minister Shokry praised the role played by the Jerusalem Committee chaired by King Mohamed VI in supporting the steadfastness of the Palestinian inhabitants of Jerusalem, preserving the Arab and Islamic character of the city and maintaining its legal status and its symbol. of land of coexistence between the three Abrahamic religions.
In turn, Minister Borita appreciated Egypt’s strong support for the Palestinian people to achieve their legitimate rights, primarily the end of Israeli occupation and the establishment of their independent state. This is in addition to Egyptian efforts to bring stability and stabilize pacification between Palestinians and Israelis, so that the escalation that occurred in May 2021 does not happen again.
In addition, the Moroccan minister hailed Egypt’s involvement in the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following the Israeli raids last year. The minister noted that the reconstruction of Gaza is a priority to ensure the improvement of the living conditions of the Palestinian people. He also hailed the Egyptian mediation in the reconciliation process between the Palestinian factions, which would strengthen the position of the Palestinians in the negotiations with Israel.
The other Arab file mentioned is the Libyan crisis when the ministers reiterated their adoption of the principle of a Libyan-Libyan dialogue, without foreign interference, as the only solution which would lead to the simultaneous holding of presidential and legislative elections.
In this context, Minister Borita expressed his gratitude for Egypt’s hosting of the conventions of the Libyan Constitutional Committee in coordination with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). On the other hand, Minister Shokry praised the talks organized by Morocco and which resulted in the Skhirat agreement of 2014.
Both sides stressed the importance of the expulsion of all foreign mercenaries and the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Libya, according to a specific timetable in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions and the Libyan 5+5 Military Committee. This goes hand in hand with supporting comprehensive national reconciliation and economic reform aimed at preserving Libyan national wealth and resources.
At the continental level, the Egyptian and Moroccan parties have agreed on coordination and consultation within the African Union. This is to meet the interests of both countries, to help reform the Union’s operating system so that it best reflects the will of the Member States and to guarantee fair representation of North Africa within the Council. African peace and security.
Regarding the COP 27 to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from November 7 to 18, Minister Borita confirmed that his country will participate in the summit to be held within the framework of the conference.
The minister also said that Morocco supported the Egyptian presidency of the event to try to achieve results that would help implement the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, while taking into account the priorities of all parts.
The talks focused on the economic and investment aspect as the cornerstone of bilateral relations between Egypt and Morocco. This is due to the ability of the two countries to achieve integration in several sectors, the unique geographical location of each of them and their vast economic and human capacities.
Therefore, the two ministers expressed their readiness to strengthen economic cooperation, expand investment reciprocity, benefit more from the favorable investment climate in the two countries, boost trade exchanges and strengthen partnerships and cooperation. exchange of experiences.
In this context, both parties called on the Egyptian-Moroccan business council to seize these opportunities. The two sides also agreed to prepare the convention of the joint supreme committee chaired by the political leaders of Egypt and Morocco.
The ministers also agreed to hold the fourth session of the political coordination and consultation mechanism in Cairo during the second half of 2022. This is in addition to holding a meeting of the joint consulate and social affairs committee to discuss the questions concerning expatriates of the two States. .
In addition, the two sides will explore launching a forum for Egyptian and Moroccan intellectuals, media personnel and artists to exchange experiences and hold discussions.
Minister Shokry’s visit is taking place at the invitation of Minister Borita, and the talks are in line with the directives of King Mohamed VI of Morocco and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in light of the historical brotherly ties between the two peoples.