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Madagascar Paves the Path to Stronger Ties with Morocco

Saturday 15 June 2024 - 10:10
Madagascar Paves the Path to Stronger Ties with Morocco

In a significant diplomatic move, the Republic of Madagascar has announced the forthcoming inauguration of its embassy in Rabat, Morocco. This milestone marks a deepening of bilateral relations and underscores a mutual commitment to enhanced cooperation between the two nations.

Madagascar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rasata Rafaravavitafika, lauded Morocco's efforts in resolving the Sahara dispute, highlighting the country's role in fostering stability in the region. Following a meeting with her Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, in Rabat, Rafaravavitafika expressed optimism about the future of Madagascar-Morocco relations.

In a joint statement released after their discussions, Rafaravavitafika emphasized that the establishment of the embassy symbolizes a steadfast commitment to strengthening the ties between the two countries. She noted that the new embassy would usher in a new era, providing Madagascar with opportunities to benefit from Morocco’s extensive experience in various sectors.

The meeting culminated in the signing of two critical cooperation agreements aimed at further solidifying bilateral relations. The first agreement focuses on collaboration in the health sector, while the second introduces a visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and service passports from both countries. 

During a press briefing following the talks, Rafaravavitafika remarked that these agreements represent a pivotal moment in enhancing cooperation. She described this development as a "new phase in bilateral cooperation" and a "new chapter" in the history of Madagascar-Morocco relations.

Expressing gratitude towards Morocco, Rafaravavitafika acknowledged the increased availability of scholarships for Malagasy students and diplomats, which will undoubtedly contribute to the strengthening of educational and diplomatic ties.

Additionally, Rafaravavitafika commended Morocco's credible and serious efforts in resolving the Sahara dispute, reiterating her support for the initiatives undertaken by the United Nations. Both ministers reaffirmed their dedication to the principles of international law, particularly the sovereignty of states.

As Madagascar prepares to open its embassy in Rabat, the move signals a promising future of collaboration and mutual respect, setting the stage for a more interconnected and cooperative relationship between the two nations.

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