Morocco and Syria resolved to achieved Arab common market
Syria-Morocco, Politics, 4/14/2001
Syrian foreign minister, Farouk Al-Shareh, said Morocco and Syria are resolved to consolidate their bilateral cooperation in the perspective of an Arab common market.
The head of the Syrian diplomacy, who accompanied president Bashar Al Assad in his visit to Morocco this week, told Moroccan TV channel "2m" upgrading Moroccan-Syrian cooperation will not only benefit the two countries but the whole Arab world.
He also recalled that the last month's Arab summit had adopted mechanisms to speed up the creation of the Arab common market, especially that the whole world is endeavoring to form regional groupings and free-trade areas. Meeting challenges facing the Arab world does not only depend on political action, economic cooperation is also important, he went on.
He further argued that the Syrian president's visit to Morocco, the first in a Maghreb Arab states, confirms the solidity of bounds between Arabs in the Maghreb and in the Mashreq.
Regarding the delays in setting the Arab market, he cited border problems which hinder the free movement of persons and goods, foreign pressures and a poor political involvement for some countries. He also hoped that Arab states will make up for the lost time through an approach that would enable the Arab nation to draw benefit from ongoing international mutations.
To a question on the Euro-Mediterranean partnership process, in which both Morocco and Syria are involved, he explained that his country is interested in this project in view of "the geopolitical and economic dimensions and the long history of cultural and security relations." However, he went on, European countries and some Arab countries are not taking seriously obstacles hampering this partnership and wondered how such a partnership is imaginable with "a state that is outside international law" -referring to Israel- still occupies Arab lands.
He also said Moroccan-Syrian relations are "brotherly and friendly" and there is no divergences in the views between the governments and leaders of the two countries, both at the political and military levels.
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