On the sidelines of the Ministerial Meeting of the
Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS held in Marrakech on May 11, 2022, the
Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan
Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, met with his counterpart, Mr.
Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen'Apala, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of
Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
meeting reflects the solidity and closeness of the historic ties of
friendship and solidarity between Morocco and the DRC. It also mirrors
the interest of the two brotherly countries in the continuous
development of their multifaceted cooperation, in accordance with the
High Directions of His Majesty the King and His Excellency President
Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic
During their talks, the two parties
welcomed the perfect concordance of views of their respective
governments on various bilateral, regional and international issues of
common interest, highlighting the efforts made by the two countries and
the international community in terms of the fight against terrorism.
In this regard, Mr. Christophe Lutundula
Apala Pen'Apala welcomed Morocco's commitment towards Africa, under the
enlightened leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, to promote a
comprehensive and inclusive approach in the fight against terrorism,
based on security and development.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of
Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo reiterated his
country’s support to the Autonomy Plan in the Sahara within the
framework of Morocco’s territorial integrity, reason for which it has
appointed a Consul General in Dakhla, and calls on all peace-loving and
justice-loving States to encourage it.
In the same vein, he reaffirmed the DRC's
support for the pursuit of a lasting solution by preserving the
territorial integrity, unity and sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco,
under the exclusive aegis of the United Nations and in compliance with
decision 693 of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the
African Union of July 2018 recognizing such exclusivity to the UN with a
view to settling this regional conflict over the Sahara.
The Minister praised the Kingdom's
contribution to the efforts made both by the Congolese authorities and
by the international community for the promotion of peace, democracy,
security and development in the DRC.
For his part, MFA Bourita, speaking on behalf of the Kingdom of Morocco,
paid tribute to the initiatives and actions carried out by His
Excellency President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, during his
mandate at the head of the African Union (AU) in order to consolidate
the security, independence, territorial integrity and unity of all
African States and of the entire continent.
He also commended the contribution of the DRC to the efforts of the
international community for the promotion of peace and regional
stability, as well as the confidence it enjoys as an actor committed to
security and the fight against terrorism and armed groups in the
MFA Bourita praised the efforts of His Excellency President Félix
Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo aimed at establishing peace and security in
eastern DRC, welcoming his accession to the East African Community
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan
Expatriates expressed the Kingdom's full support for the Nairobi process
under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, current EAC
Chairman, with a view to neutralizing the negative forces fueling
insecurity in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the
Great Lakes sub-region and to restore peace there.
He called on the AU and the UN to support
the efforts of the leaders of the East African Community, in particular
by being actively involved in the rapid implementation of the peace plan
drawn up by the Heads of State of Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and DRC.
Both Ministers also underlined the importance of strengthening
communication and coordination at the various multilateral platforms,
such as the AU and the UN, in order to make the diplomatic actions
undertaken at the level of these bodies more consistent with the
official positions adopted by the two countries on various issues of
In the same spirit, the two parties voiced their commitment to
supporting, in a concerted and mutual manner, Moroccan and Congolese
candidacies at the level of regional and international organizations.
In this regard, MFA Bourita thanked his Congolese counterpart for the
support provided by the DRC to the election of the Kingdom of Morocco as
a member of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union for the
period 2022-2025 and expressed willingness to support the DRC's
candidacy for the post of non-permanent member of the United Nations
Security Council, for the period 2026-2027.
The two Ministers stressed the interest shown by the Heads of State in
the development of relations of cooperation and economic partnership
between the two brotherly countries.
MFA Bourita reiterated the Kingdom's commitment to support the DRC in
its development efforts, particularly in areas with a strong
socio-economic impact, including agriculture, health, water, electricity
and renewable energies.
In this regard, the two officials agreed to hold joint sectorial
committees for the implementation of concrete projects and action plans
in the targeted sectors.
While welcoming the establishment in February 2020 of a Morocco-DRC
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIMC), the two sides agreed to hold
in 2022 the 6th Morocco-DRC Joint Commission of Cooperation as well as
the Morocco/DRC Economic Forum, with a view to further promoting trade
and economic exchanges between the two countries and taking advantage of
the Congolese consular's presence in Dakhla, which is called upon to
become a flagship center in terms of regional economic integration.