CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
MOROCCO will set up an embassy in Zambia in September this year to enhance relations between the two countries, Morocco’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mounia Boucetta has said.
Ms Boucetta said the embassy will in the interim be headed by a chargé d’affaires.
She said this yesterday when she called on Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba at his office in Lusaka yesterday.
She said there is need for Zambia and Morocco to have an action plan for the successful implementation of the 19 bilateral agreements.
And Mr Kalaba said the establishment of the embassy by the Kingdom of Morocco will enhance Zambia’s continental integration.
He said there is also need for Zambia and Morocco to set up a joint permanent commission which will facilitate the implementation of the 19 agreements signed between the two countries.
And speaking during the Zambia-Morocco co-operation technical review meeting, Ms Boucette said the 19 bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding signed between Zambia and Morocco will boost the economies of the two countries.
She said the bilateral agreements have been signed in order to pursue a strategic alignment and an ambitious south-to-south co-operation.
Ms Boucetta said Morocco will continue to support Zambia’s socio-economic development agenda.
“The visit of His Majesty [King Muhammed VI] to Zambia from February 19 to 21, 2017 inaugurated a new era in the relations between our two countries in various fields,” she said.
Ms Boucetta said Zambia, as a gateway to southern Africa, shares with Morocco a common vision and desire to establish peace, stability and respect of States’ sovereignty on the continent.
And Ministry of Foreign Affairs acting permanent secretary Sylvester Mundanda said the operationalisation of the 19 agreements will foster development in Zambia and Morocco.
He is hopeful the review meeting will agree on specific activities that will ensure the objectives for the agreements are achieved.