The new German government reaches out to Morocco, Europe’s central partner

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The new German government reached out to Morocco on Monday in an attempt to turn the page on the diplomatic crisis that has soured bilateral relations for months.

The German Foreign Ministry has indeed issued a statement hailing the Kingdom as a central partner of Europe and expressing Berlin’s support for Morocco’s efforts to resolve the Sahara conflict, while stressing the importance of the autonomy plan. .

The federal government’s position on the Sahara issue has not changed for decades. Germany recognizes as “important” Morocco’s contribution to the settlement process with its autonomy plan, according to the statement.

In a warm statement, the new German Foreign Ministry called Morocco “a key partner of the European Union and Germany in North Africa”.

Germany and Morocco have maintained diplomatic relations since 1956. This is an important link between the North and the South on the political, cultural and economic levels, the statement underlines.

New Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s department also highlighted the “extensive reforms that the Kingdom has undertaken over the past decade” and its “important role in the stability and sustainable development of the region. “.

The German statement also praised Morocco’s diplomatic engagement in the Libyan peace process.

The statement, which comes a day after the appointment of a new government in Germany, addressed the Sahara conflict which sparked tensions between the Kingdom and the European country earlier this year.

In this regard, he stated that the position of the Federal Government on the Sahara issue has not changed for decades and that “Germany supports the Personal Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations in his efforts for a political solution fair, lasting and mutually acceptable on the basis of Security Council resolution 2602. “Morocco made an important contribution to such an agreement in 2007 with an autonomy plan,” he said.

In addition, the federal government underlined the “important economic, academic, cultural and commercial relations existing between the two countries”.

“Germany supports Morocco’s modernization process and given the volume of its commitments, namely nearly 1.2 billion euros in 2020, it is one of the main bilateral donors.”

The German Foreign Ministry hailed the bilateral economic and trade relations in this vein as “remarkable”. In 2019, Germany ranked 7th in Morocco’s trade balance. In the same year, its imports from Morocco amounted to 1.4 billion euros and its exports to 2.2 billion euros.

German-Moroccan development cooperation focuses on the areas of sustainable economic development and employment, renewable energy and water resource management. In 2020, Germany provided support to Morocco in the management of the coronavirus crisis in the form of a massive emergency aid program, the statement recalls, adding that nearly 300 companies with German participation are represented. in Morocco, notably in Casablanca and Tangier. Additionally, Morocco is a popular travel destination, with around 6% of foreign tourists coming from Germany in 2019.

Morocco is part of the G20 Pact with Africa initiative aimed at improving the framework conditions for private investment. To this end, the two countries agreed at the end of November 2019 on a German-Moroccan reform partnership, the statement said, before listing the German foundations operating in Morocco and the cultural and educational programs promoted by Germany. in the kingdom.

The Foreign Ministry statement was released less than a week after the German Embassy in Rabat stressed in a statement shared on social media that “the Kingdom of Morocco is a key partner for Germany. From the federal government’s perspective, it is in the interests of both countries to re-establish good, traditionally expansive diplomatic relations.

The embassy said “the federal government also wishes to openly welcome the normalization of relations between Morocco and Israel.”

A fog of uncertainty and tension has accumulated between Morocco and Germany since last March over what analysts explain as Berlin’s attempts to separate the economic dimension from the political dimension of the bilateral partnership.
Following the recognition by the United States of Morocco’s sovereignty over its southern provinces, Germany showed an agitation calling for a meeting of the UN Security Council and going so far as to try to undermine the gains of the Morocco.

Morocco also deplored Germany’s actions aimed at undermining Morocco’s regional influence, particularly on the Libyan issue.

Last May, Rabat also said German authorities were “acting with complicity towards a former terrorism convict by disclosing to him sensitive information provided by Moroccan security services to their German counterparts”.

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