Morocco, Iran to boost cooperation through ten agreements
Morocco-Iran, Politics, 11/13/2000
Morocco and Iran have agreed on the contents of ten agreements and protocols that will be signed during the visit Moroccan Premier, Abderrahmane Youssoufi, is projecting to pay to Iran.
The agreements were discussed at the 3rd session of the Moroccan-Iranian joint commission held in Tehran November 6 through 9.
Minister of social economy, small and medium enterprises and handicraft in charge of the government's general affairs, Ahmed Lahlimi, who led the Moroccan delegation to the commission session, underlined the strategic importance of the two countries in the Islamic world and their contribution to the consolidation of the pillars of Islamic civilization, a statement said.
The two countries' strategic importance requires that they upgrade relations and consolidate joint action within the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), on the basis of non-interference in countries' internal affairs, the respect of territorial integrity and the resort to peaceful means to settle conflicts, in line with international legality and taking into account Islamic solidarity requirements, Lahlimi said.
The Moroccan official also surveyed the economic, social and political changes introduced in Morocco and that enabled to improve the competitiveness of Moroccan economy and the environment of Moroccan enterprises.
Iranian minister of trade stressed the need to enhance bilateral relations and cooperation and explore the opportunities offered by both countries. He also called for exchanges of visits between officials and economic operators in the prospect of setting up a joint chamber of commerce, agriculture and industry.
He said joint action can raise from 9 to 20 % the share of inter-Islamic trade in Islamic countries' overall exchanges.
During his trip to Tehran, Lahlimi met several Iranian officials, including speaker of the Choura Islamic council (Parliament), Hujjat Al-Islam Wa Al-Mouslimine Mehdi Kharroubi, the first vice-president of Iran, Sayed Hassan Habibi and other cabinet members.
The Iranian officials have all voiced determination to multiply meetings and contacts to get informed about the various aspects of Islamic civilization in both countries and underlined Morocco's key role in dialogue between civilizations.
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