Morocco: ECOWAS seeks Moroccan support to promote stability in the Sahel

Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission President, Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, is seeking support from Morocco to enable the regional body to consolidate stability and peace as well as promote development in the Sahel region.

"We developed a strategy for the Sahel for consolidating peace and stability in the region (...) We came to present this strategy and seek your country's support to achieve stability, peace and development in the region," Mr. Ouedraogo stated when he met Mbarka Bouaida, the Moroccan Minister delegate  to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

Ouedraogo said he also discussed the development on a number of projects aimed at opening up the region, to make it "a platform for development rather than a source of destabilization".

He also expressed ECOWAS' gratitude to King Mohammed VI and the people of Morocco for their multi-faceted support in crisis management in the region.

Responding, Bouaida reiterated Morocco's readiness to support ECOWAS in its efforts to take up the security and socio-economic challenges threatening countries in the Sahel-Saharan region.

She also recalled the strong relationships between ECOWAS and the Kingdom, an observer member of the bloc.

She said the recent visit of the King of Morocco to several African countries, including three ECOWAS member countries, gave a new impetus to relations between Morocco and its African partners and opened new opportunities for cooperation and mutually beneficial partnership.

Bouaida reiterated Morocco's commitment to initiate and support joint initiatives for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development, in the context of a comprehensive approach that puts the human element at the heart of its actions.

The minister further highlighted the growing interest by Moroccan investors in ECOWAS countries, saying that this is likely to promote shared growth and fruitful solidarity in the service of the interests of the different parties.
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23 april 2014 14:35:23

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