Countries & Regions

June 1, 2013
 On June 1, for about 25 minutes from 11:00 pm, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister of Foreign Affairs had a meeting with H.E. Mr. Saad Dine El Otmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco. The following is the gist of the meeting. Minister El Otmani is visiting Japan to participate in the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held from June 1 through 3.

1. At the beginning, Foreign Minister Kishida welcomed a visit of Minister El Otmani, and expressed his hope for collaboration in various fields with Morocco, based on friendly bilateral relations that are represented by relations between the Moroccan Royal Family and the Japanese Imperial Family. Foreign Minister Kishida told that the ongoing democratization of Morocco after the Arab Spring would be a shining example for the Africa, Middle East and Maghreb regions.

2. In response to his statements, Minister El Otmani expressed a deep gratitude for successive support from Japan including the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, and told that TICAD V would be a chance to further strengthen the ties between the two countries. Minister El Otmani offered heartfelt condolences regarding the terrorism incident in In Aménas, Algeria, then, told that the two countries should build a cooperative relation for the peace and stability in that region. Minister El Otmani said that economic ties between the two countries should be further strengthened, mentioning that the Japan-Morocco Joint Meeting has been upgraded to vice minister level.

3. In response to his statements, Foreign Minister Kishida conveyed that Japan had decided to support the basic education sector of Morocco and to implement the investigate of the rehabilitation of railways for transporting phosphate rocks. Foreign Minister Kishida also expressed his expectation that the excellent technology of Japan would be utilized in national projects of Morocco in the areas of photovoltaic energy, wind power energy, etc. Foreign Minister Kishida also called upon that the third Japan-Morocco Joint Meeting should be held as soon as possible, and that Morocco should attend the third Japan-Arab Economic Forum that is to be held in Tokyo in December of this year. In addition, Foreign Minister Kishida requested the abolishing or further easing of the restrictions on imports from Japan, which had been implemented by the Moroccan government since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

4. Minister El Otmani mentioned close relations between Morocco and the West African region, stressed the importance of Morocco as a stronger foothold for doing business in West Africa, and expressed his hope for the strengthening and promotion of Trilateral Cooperation among Japan, Morocco and Africa.

5. They exchanged opinions concerning cooperation in the international arena including the development of Africa and so on.

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