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Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong Visits Morocco

2019/07/10

From July 8 to 10, 2019, Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong visited Morocco, during which he met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita of Morocco, and held talks with Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Charge of African Cooperation Mohcine Jazouli of Morocco, exchanging in-depth views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern.

Chen Xiaodong said, China and Morocco enjoy traditional friendship. In 2016, President Xi Jinping and King Mohammed VI, who was visiting China, announced the establishment of China-Morocco strategic partnership, promoting the development of bilateral relations to embark on a fast lane. The Chinese side is willing to, together with the Moroccan side, deepen political mutual trust, enhance practical cooperation under the frameworks of the joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF), and actively carry out people-to-people and cultural exchanges. The Chinese side has always followed the approach of upholding the values of friendship, justice and shared interests and the principle of sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith to carry out mutually beneficial cooperation with African countries and blaze a distinctive path featuring mutual benefit and win-win results. The China-Africa cooperation outcomes can be seen by all. It is easy to draw a right conclusion on who truly respects, cares about and supports Africa. Justice naturally inhabits man's heart. The Chinese side is willing to, together with the Moroccan side, firmly safeguard multilateralism, free trade, international fairness and justice and the common interests of developing countries.

The Moroccan side noted, China is a trustworthy and good friend of Morocco. The Moroccan side hopes to intensify high-level exchanges, and deepen practical cooperation in areas including trade, investment and tourism, as well as cement bilateral people-to-people and cultural exchanges with the Chinese side. The Moroccan side stands ready to actively participate in relevant cooperation within the frameworks including the joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative, the FOCAC and the CASCF, so as to elevate bilateral strategic partnership to new stages. Speaking highly of China's constructive role in regional and international affairs, the Moroccan side is ready to uphold multilateralism and international rules and order with the Chinese side.

After the meeting and talks, Chen Xiaodong gave an interview to the local mainstream media, briefing China-Morocco, China-Africa and China-Arab States relations and cooperation.

Prior to the visit to Morocco, Chen Xiaodong also visited Cuba, and held China-Cuba consultations on the Middle East and African affairs.

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