Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will be in Morocco on October 8 and 9, where he will meet with Moroccan Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani, and his counterpart, Nasser Bourita.
France has an exceptional partnership with Morocco, which it hopes to further expand in the wake of the President’s visit on June 14. That is the message that will be conveyed by Mr. Le Drian ahead of the next high-level meeting to be held in Rabat.
During these discussions, Mr. Le Drian will touch on all aspects of our bilateral cooperation, including expanding trade, combating terrorism, fighting climate change, managing migration, and cultural exchanges. He will also address regional issues, in which Morocco is a strategic partner working toward peace and stability.
With its return to the African Union and its application to join the Economic Community of West African States, Morocco is playing a growing role in Africa. The minister for Europe and foreign affairs will discuss the partnership policy we want to implement with Morocco on the continent.
Mr. Le Drian will devote part of his visit to economic diplomacy, discussing the high-speed rail project between Casablanca and Tangier, emblematic of the French-Moroccan bilateral relationship. He will review ways to boost France’s economic presence in Morocco.
France and Morocco work very closely together on every level. France is the leading foreign investor in Morocco, its second-largest supplier (€4.3 billion in exports in 2016), and its second-largest client (€4.2 billion in imports in 2016). Our academic cooperation is exceptional: Moroccans represent the largest contingent of foreign students in France (37,000), while the second-largest network of French schools is in Morocco, with nearly 38,000 students.