In a bilateral meeting in the late afternoon with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco, Saad-Eddine El Othmani, Minister for Foreign Affairs Giulio Terzi ended a long and intense day of diplomatic activity associated with the 9th conference of foreign ministers of the 5+5 Mediterranean Dialogue.
Reiterating Italy’s desire to strengthen political dialogue and collaboration with Morocco, a partner of crucial importance on the Euro-Mediterranean scenario, the head of Italian diplomacy concentrated on major bilateral cooperation contexts, especially regarding migration and energy.
In particular, Terzi recalled that Morocco is the extra-EU country with the most residents in Italy and who have become well-integrated socio-economically, as seen in the large presence of Moroccan business persons in our country – approximately 55,000, in first place with nearly 14% of total foreign business persons in Italy.
Terzi pointed out the strong interest of Italian firms in the renewable energy sector in Morocco.
Finally, Terzi invited his Moroccan counterpart to visit Italy in the coming months to discuss the most pressing bilateral issues and to promote stronger economic/trade relations between Italy and Morocco through the arrangement of road shows in both countries.
Given their shared desire to intensify bilateral political consultations on major regional themes, the two ministers also exchanged views on the events in Syria and on the international community’s efforts at encouraging positive developments there.