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Date of posting : February 8, 2017

EU Will Take Appropriate Measures to Secure Agricultural Agreement, Preserve Partnership with Morocco

The EU will take the necessary measures to secure the agricultural agreement and preserve partnership with Morocco, wrote a joint statement by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and minister delegate for foreign affairs Nasser Bourita, issued following their meeting on Tuesday in Brussels.

The meeting touched on the evolution of relations between Morocco and the EU, said the joint statement, adding that president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker also took part briefly in the meeting.

The talks follow the joint statement dated Dec. 21 by Mogherini and foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar after the decision by the European court of justice concerning the Morocco-EU agricultural agreement.

The joint statement underlined that “Morocco is a key partner for the EU and vice-versa”, affirming that both parties remain attached to this partnership and committed to defending it.

The EU-Morocco partnership, which spans half a century, is exemplary, rich and multidimensional, said the joint statement, noting that both parties are determined to preserve and develop its different dimensions.

The two parties recognized the importance of maintaining stable commercial ties and agreed that technical teams meet for consultation, it added, stressing that bilateral talks will continue in a climate of serenity and shared trust to agree on arrangements necessary for the development of relations between the two parties, mainly in the field of agriculture.

Awaiting the conclusion of these talks, appropriate measures will be taken if necessary to secure the implementation of the free-trade agreement in force on processed agricultural products and fisheries products between the EU and Morocco, it said.

“The two parties voiced their readiness to resume work and broaden cooperation in all fields of shared interest,” it noted.