Morocco and South Africa Bolster Cooperation in Africa

Rabat – Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met with Maite Nkoana-Mashabane the South African Minister for International relations and Cooperation on Tuesday in Rabat.They were both attending the Ministerial Conference for an African Agenda on Migration.After the meeting, Bourita explained the importance of Morocco-South Africa collaboration on the basis of a win-win strategic partnership. “The role of Morocco and South Africa remains pivotal regarding issues related to peace, development and migration,” Bourita said. “The goal of the meeting is precisely to move forward in this direction, Bourita added. The cordial meeting the Foreign minister had with his south African counterpart was an opportunity to coordinate action by the two countries on crucial topics as migration.“When Morocco and South Africa coordinate their efforts in the service of the African Agenda, Africa will have a stronger voice and greater influence on multilateral debates,” said Bourita, noting that “the African Union is the appropriate framework “to coordinate our positions.”This was Nkoana-Mashabane’s first visit to Morocco. The meeting comes only weeks after King Mohammed VI’s historic meeting with South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma, when the two leaders pledged their commitment to closer working relationships between the two key nations.Bourita indicated that Morocco and South Africa’s newly  shared vision follows the meeting of the two countries Heads of States, who agreed to open a new page in the relations between the two countries, strengthen diplomatic interaction and explore cooperation topics.The conference was attended by the South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, whose visit to Morocco is a first.