US official : Washington, Rabat maintain 'special' relations

MAP - Publié le Samedi 15 Juin 2013 à 11:51

Rabat - The United States maintains "special" relations with Morocco, a "strategic ally" and a "leading" country in the region, said, Friday in Rabat, US Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, who is on a visit to the Kingdom.
US official : Washington, Rabat maintain 'special' relations
In a statement to the press following a meeting with Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, Ms. Sherman stressed that strengthening the ties between the two countries reflects the common vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and President Barack Obama who have agreed, during their recent telephone conversation, to deepen political dialogue and strengthen bilateral relations, as part of the Strategic Dialogue.

The U.S. official said her meeting with Mr. Benkirane focused on economic issues, and political and democratic reforms, launched in Morocco, as well as ways to promote bilateral relations.

During these talks, which took place in the presence of Minister of State, Abdellah Baha, the two officials welcomed the long-standing relations of friendship between the two countries, and reiterated their commitment to further strengthening bilateral cooperation in all areas, said a statement of the Head of Government's office.

On this occasion, Mr. Benkirane gave an overview of the political and economic reforms undertaken by the government, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, which made of the Kingdom a unique model in the region, the same source added.

Ms. Sherman's visit to Morocco is part of her North Africa tour that included Libya, Egypt and Tunisia, and which will take her later to Algeria.

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