Speaking at a joint press conference with his counterpart Nasser Bourita, at the end of a meeting in Berlin, Maas underlined the need to lay the bases for an integrated regional development and seize all opportunities to ensure success.

 

He said that all parties are urged to adopt a constructive attitude during the round-table meeting on the Sahara, slated next December in Geneva, adding that this meeting is of paramount importance.

 

Maas reiterated his country's support for the UN process and the UNSG personal envoy for the Sahara Horst Köhler.

 

Referring to the Marrakesh Conference on Migration, co-chaired by Morocco and Germany, the German top official hoped that the meeting leads to a reasonable debate on the migration issue that would serve the interests of origin, transit and host countries.

 

He added that Morocco is an important partner of his country not only in the field of migration, but also in the area of solar energy as shows the two parties' intense cooperation in this field.

 

Bourita lauded the fruitful talks he had with his German peer, noting that bilateral relations are positively developing. He also underlined that Germany is an important trade partner for Morocco as it ranks fifth among other economic partners.

 

On migration, Bourita explained that the Marrakesh conference will highlight that this issue can be solved only within a multilateral framework and under the principle of responsibility sharing, adding that any other approach would be useless on the long run.

 

He went on to say that the two countries share the same vision on regional matters.

 

The minister also met with Merkel's advisor for foreign affairs and security Jan Hecker.

30/11/2018