Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 07, 2016 (SKNIS): The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Kingdom of Morocco creates a framework for ongoing dialogue and discussion, said the Honourable Mark Brantley, Minister of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
The MOU on establishing a mechanism for political consultations between the two countries was signed on Tuesday, April 05, at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. Minister Brantley described the occasion as significant and said that Morocco is a dynamic country.
“We see Morocco as a very important country in Africa and particularly North Africa,” said Minister Brantley. “We certainly look forward to working closely with them and for the benefits that we hope will flow from that relationship as we cement and deepen our ties with the African continent. I am very happy to be here as a representative of the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis to pledge our ongoing commitment to this dialogue, this cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco.”
His Excellency Mohammed Benjilany, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to St. Kitts and Nevis, expressed similar sentiments to that of Minister Brantley and said that he was honoured to partake in such a significant occasion.
“It is an important historic day in the relations of my country and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Ambassador Benjilany. “Indeed the document we are signing is meant to not only reinforce the legal framework between our countries, but to put in place a platform for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and senior officials from both sides to formally meet on a regular basis.”
His Excellency Benjilany said that the mechanisms for political consultations will offer the opportunity to both parties to discuss their political relations and evolution, as well as to discuss matters pertaining to the countries relation and cooperation.
He noted that Morocco is engaged in a cooperation programme with St. Kitts and Nevis in various fields such as education, agriculture, energy and training. He said that this programme is the first of its kind between both countries.
“The Kingdom of Morocco remains committed to the bonds of friendship we established,” said the honorary consul, while adding that he is confident that the MOU signed will be the first of many to come.