Morocco, Rwanda to Boost Bilateral Ties, Establish Cooperation in Sports

Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and his Rwandan counterpart Vincent Biruta signed two cooperation agreements on October 30. Photo: MAP

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Rabat – Morocco and Rwanda aim to consolidate their growing relations with the signing of two new cooperation agreements in Rabat on Friday. 

Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita welcomed his Rwandan counterpart Vincent Biruta to the capital Friday morning. 

Morocco Rwanda to improve cooperationMorocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and his Rwandan counterpart Vincent Biruta. Photo: MAP

The two officials held discussions on how to strengthen bilateral cooperation and proceeded to sign two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to further improve ties between their countries. 

One of the agreements aims to create a steering committee to monitor cooperation between the Moroccan and Rwandan governments.

Under the MoU, the steering committee will be responsible for evaluating the implementation of decisions and recommendations of the bilateral cooperation monitoring committee Morocco and Rwanda established in January. The two countries created the monitoring committee ahead of the opening of the Rwandan Embassy in Rabat on January 15. 

The new steering committee will also oversee bilateral meetings between senior officials from the two countries.

Bourita and Biruta also signed an MoU to define modalities of cooperation in sports.

The two foreign ministers expressed satisfaction with Morocco and Rwanda’s shared outlook on issues of common interest such as peace and security in Africa, South-South cooperation, food security, other aspects of sustainable development, and reform of the African Union (AU).

Morocco and Rwanda formally established diplomatic ties in 2017 and Morocco opened its embassy in Kigali in April of the same year. 

The establishment of ties came after King Mohammed VI visited Rwandan President Paul Kagame in 2016. Kagame was one of the African leaders who welcomed Morocco’s return to the AU in 2017.

Since 2017, Morocco and Rwanda have signed more than 30 cooperation agreements spanning several sectors including the agro-industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the financial sector. Twenty-three agreements followed the inauguration of the Rwandan Embassy in Rabat. 

The two African nations’ priority is strong cooperation in fields relating to peace and security in the Sahel and Great Lakes regions and across the continent. Rwanda also supports Morocco’s territorial integrity and sovereignty over Western Sahara. 

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