Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita called, Friday, on all stakeholders to mobilize during the next stages of implementation of the fisheries agreement between Morocco and the European Union.
"After the initialing of the agreement, there is still a long way to go, especially the battle that will take place at the European Parliament," Bourita said at a meeting of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, Borders, National Defense and Occupied Zones at the House of Advisors, on the "Morocco-EU negotiations on the fisheries agreement".
This battle, he said, requires support from the various actors, parliamentarians and supporters, in order to consolidate the achievements made by Morocco in this matter.
By entering into negotiations for the renewal of the fisheries agreement, he went on, the Kingdom had set red lines: first of all its national sovereignty, but also the need to bring the agreement into line with the national fisheries strategy, and finally the necessity to take into account aspects related to the sustainability of resources and control.
He also stressed the strict delimitation of the geographical area covered by the agreement, which extends from parallel 35 to parallel 22, namely from Cap Spartel in northern Morocco to Cap Blanc in the south. The Mediterranean Sea has been excluded in order to preserve fishery resources.
The minister highlighted the strong involvement of the population's representatives in this partnership, recalling that the Councils of the regions concerned, including those of the southern provinces, had approved minutes in which they supported the negotiation process, taking into account the red lines set by Morocco.