French FM le Drian to Visit Morocco to Forge Strong Ties

Rabat – The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian is coming to Rabat on Saturday to meet his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita and to “discuss bilateral relations and other subjects of common interest,” reports Moroccan newspaper TelQuel.According to diplomatic sources, the ministers will discuss preparations for a visit to Morocco by French President Emmanuel Macron. This will be the second presidential visit, after Macron attended the inauguration of Morocco’s high-speed rail in November last year.While the date of Macron’s visit is not yet confirmed, according to TelQuel’s sources, it may coincide with the inauguration of the PSA Peugeot-Citroen factory in Kenitra near Casablanca in July. Read also: French FM Receives UNSG Personal Envoy for Western Sahara in ParisOn the weekend, Nasser Bourita and Jean-Yves Le Drian are also expected to discuss the 14th High-Level Franco-Moroccan Conference which is due to take place in late 2019.The last High-Level Conference took place in 2017, where France and Morocco signed 24 bilateral agreements on key diplomatic topics including, migration, economic ties, cooperation for sustainable development, youth, culture, and social issues affecting Morocco.