Here follows a statement by the Royal Office:
HM King Mohammed VI received today, at Rabat Royal Palace, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-president of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, who is on a working visit as part of reinforcing the strategic partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the European Union.
The audience granted to Mogherini was an opportunity to highlight the centrality of Morocco in the foreign policy of the European Union, as well as the excellent relations between the two partners which are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.
During the talks, the Vice-President underlined the Union’s deep attachment to the partnership with Morocco, as well as the pioneering role of the Kingdom in the Mediterranean, in North Africa, in Africa, as well as in the Middle East to address the challenges of security, stability and development.
This audience was an occasion to review the different aspects of the strategic, multidimensional and long-standing partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the European Union, in all its political, economic, security, regional and international components and to agree on the need for both partners to face together the multiple challenges of the region in order to seize the existing opportunities.
The recent adoption by the European Parliament of the Morocco-EU Agricultural Agreement underlines that the strengthening of the partnership depends on respecting the Kingdom’s higher interests and preserving its territorial integrity.
The audience was attended on the Moroccan side by advisors of HM the King Fouad Ali El Himma and Yassir Zenagui, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and Agriculture Minister Aziz Akhannouch, and on the European side by Ambassador Claudia Wiedey, Head of the EU Delegation to Morocco and Stefano Grassi, Chief of Office of the Vice-President of the European Commission.