Morocco, Mauritania renew commitment to Maghreban Union
Morocco-Mauritania, Politics, 4/27/2000
Morocco and Mauritania on Wednesday renewed pledge to consolidate the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), a regional grouping gathering besides the two nations Algeria, Libya and Tunisia.
"The dynamic of our fruitful bilateral cooperation cannot be dissociated from our firm political will to carry on the integration of the grand Maghreb, consolidate the structures and institutions of the Arab Maghreb Union and set up mechanisms to promote the integration and complementarity process among the economies of our Maghreban nations," King Mohammed VI said during a dinner banquet, he hosted Wednesday night at the Marchane Royal Palace of Tangiers in honor of visiting President Mouaouia Ould Sid Ahmed Taya of Mauritania.
President Taya arrived earlier in the day for a three-day official visit to Morocco at the invitation of King Mohammed VI.
"Morocco and Mauritania, that played a key and influential role in the creation of the Arab Maghreb Union (...), have never spared, and will never spare, any effort to consolidate the Maghreban joint action," the king said, terming UMA as "an inevitable and strategic option."
King Mohammed VI stressed that the activation of the union has become a vital need for the region if it is to take up the development challenges "and secure us immunity in our relations with our partners."
The Mauritanian head of state said groupings have become a trademark of our times and urged Arab Maghreb Union countries to follow-suit and do like other countries worldwide working for group-integration if the immunity and might of the region is to be preserved.
He renewed his country's commitment to the UMA saying he would spare no effort to level down roadblocks insisting the best way ahead is dialogue making the most of other experiments and drawing inspiration from Maghreban cultural and religious legacy.
In Mauritania, he said, we have been impressed by the special attention you granted your country's problems, care you have shown for the needy and bold moves you made to help settle priority issues since you came to power.
President Taya said his country was following on the same path striving for the progress and well-being of its people while sticking to cultural heritage and civilizational values and voiced hope his visit to the kingdom would open a new era for bilateral cooperation and help strengthen brotherly ties between the two peoples.
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