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Rabat and Washington sign bilateral agreement to consolidate diplomatic privileges and immunity

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Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and African Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, and US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, co-chaired, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 by videoconference, the signing ceremony of a bilateral agreement consolidating diplomatic privileges and immunity.

Initialed by the United States Ambassador in Rabat, David Fischer, and the Ambassador, Director of Protocol at the Moroccan Foreign Ministry, Anas Khales, the agreement aims to ensure the efficient functioning of the diplomatic representations of the two parties, indicates a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website.

The provisions of this agreement thus provide that each of the parties grants consular officials of the other party, as well as their families, the privileges and immunity of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.

In a video conference interview shortly before the signing of this agreement, MM. Bourita and Pompeo welcomed the secular and lasting strategic partnership uniting the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of America. On this occasion, Pompeo thanked Morocco for the efforts made in public health for the benefit of the African continent, which efforts are of crucial importance in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The American Foreign Minister also praised the bold and far-reaching reform program implemented under the leadership of King Mohammed VI since his accession to the throne.

This interview was also an opportunity for Pompeo to express his interest in Moroccan positions regarding the Libyan crisis, and to salute Morocco’s efforts in the common fight against terrorism.

The signing of this agreement is in line with the long tradition of secular ties that unite Morocco and the United States, marked by a common vision of peace, tolerance and living together, and a fight against all forms of extremism and terrorism, specifies the same source.

It consolidates bilateral relations between Rabat and Washington, and strengthens the will of the two countries to work together to face the various challenges of the twenty-first century, and to promote the security, stability and prosperity of the two states.

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