Diplomacy – “Morocco, Strategic Partner for EU”, says Czech Vice FM

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Morocco is a strategic partner for the European Union, said, Monday in Rabat, Czech vice foreign minister Martin Tlapa who is on a visit to the Kingdom.

In a statement to the press after his talks with Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Mounia Boucetta, the Czech official highlighted the strategic partnership relations that Morocco has with the EU, stressing that all member countries (of the EU) are well aware of this.

Regarding the decision of the European Court of Justice on the Morocco-EU fisheries agreement, which expires this year, Tlapa said that “the red lines of Morocco” concerning this important issue must be discussed and respected, hoping that the two parties conclude a new agreement before the end of the year under way.

On the Sahara issue, Tlapa said that his country supports the UN-led process and the Secretary-General’s efforts to find a solution to this dispute. The Czech Republic joined the European Union on May 1, 2004 and has been a member of the Schengen Area since December 21, 2007.

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