Maghreb Arab Press

Morocco-EU Fisheries Agreement Renewal Bolstered Morocco's Position as Unique Interlocutor to Negotiate International Agreements Including Sahara, Foreign Ministry

Rabat  -  
Talks on the renewal of the fisheries partnership agreement between Morocco and the EU succeeded in including the Moroccan Sahara, which is a stage that bolsters Morocco's position as unique interlocutor to negotiate international agreements including the Sahara, said the foreign affairs ministry.
Morocco-EU Fisheries Agreement Renewal Bolstered Morocco's Position as Unique Interlocutor to Negotiate International Agreements Including Sahara, Foreign Ministry
20 July 2018

Attempts by the opponents of Morocco to question this exclusive jurisdiction have been foiled and rejected, said the ministry which added that this stage helped to close a new chapter on overcoming legal incidents and vain attacks from third parties.

Throughout the negotiation process, Morocco was clear and firm on its national fundamentals: the Kingdom has never concluded - and will never conclude - an international agreement that compromises the attributes of its sovereignty over its southern provinces, said the Ministry.

Morocco has again clearly demonstrated its determination to uphold its fundamentals, because its territorial integrity is, and will remain, a red line that can not be the subject of a compromise or a negotiation, it noted.

Negotiations on the renewal of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the Kingdom of Morocco and the European Union, which began on April 20, 2018, culminated in success after four rounds.

Like the agricultural agreement, at the end of negotiations, the two parties agreed that the adaptation of the Fisheries Agreement will be in the form of an "Exchange of Letters", including the Moroccan Sahara, the ministry said, adding that the negotiated text expressly mentions that the tariff preferences recognized in Morocco also apply, and under the same conditions, to products caught in Moroccan waters of the southern provinces.

Held in a spirit of trust, the different rounds of negotiations respected the principles that have always prevailed in the Morocco-EU partnership, that is the global nature (fishing is fundamental because it is part of a global partnership) and lessons learned (fishing is an achievement of more than 30 years in the Morocco-EU partnership), the ministry noted.

Following the adoption by the Foreign Ministers Council of the Agricultural Agreement, this new stage in the process of adaptation of the Fisheries Agreement paves the way for the two parties to continue their future cooperation and strengthen their rich, global and strategic partnership, by showing that they are - and will remain - on the same side, that of international law and mutual respect.

The rest of this adaptation process will be carried out following an internal EU procedure, first among the Member States, through an adoption by the Council, and then in Parliament for vote and adoption. On the national side, the procedure will continue according to the law in force.

Last modified : 20 July 2018

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