Morocco – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Moroccan counterpart (Paris, 31 October 2018)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, will today receive his Moroccan counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita.

Mr. Le Drian and Mr. Bourita will discuss regional and international issues. Morocco is a key partner of France in the face of regional instability, notably in the Sahel and in Libya.

The two ministers will also discuss the fight against terrorism, which affects both shores of the Mediterranean. In this respect, Morocco is a valuable ally for France and makes an effective contribution to this common fight.

The ministers will discuss the main bilateral economic projects, notably the high-speed rail line between Kenitra and Tangiers, as well as the activities of subsidiaries of French firms based in Morocco, which participate fully in Morocco’s economic and social development strategies.

This visit will provide an opportunity for in-depth dialogue on ways to further strengthen the special partnership between our two countries. France is the largest foreign investor in Morocco, its second largest supplier (with exports worth €4.3 billion in 2016) and its second largest client (with imports worth €4.2 billion in 2016.) We enjoy outstanding educational cooperation: Moroccans represent the largest contingent of foreign students in France (37,000), while France maintains its second largest network of French schools in the world in Morocco, with almost 38,000 students.