Rabat, 22 July 2022 (TDI): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Morocco conducted the first meeting of the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism in Rabat.

The meeting examined the current state of bilateral collaboration between the two countries and explored methods to build greater cooperation.

Both states pledged to collaborate in the domains of economy, technology, tourism, culture, and human resource development, the statement underscored.

In the meeting, the Ministers discussed contemporary global challenges like climate change, migration, contributions to UN peace operations, and issues pertaining to regional economic cooperation.

Bharat Raj Paudyal, Foreign Secretary of the Government of Nepal, led the Nepali delegation to the meeting.

Ambassador Abdelkader El Ansari, Director of the Department of Asian Affairs and Oceania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates, led the Moroccan side.

Joint Secretary of the Nepalese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tej Bahadur Chhetri, was the second member of the Nepalese delegation.

Bilateral Consultation Mechanism

In 2017, the Moroccan Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The MoU dealt with consultations and cooperation to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. The bilateral consultation process was viewed as significant for finding strategies for strengthening and reinforcing bilateral relations and collaboration.

The Memorandum of Understanding will facilitate future cooperation between the two countries. The dialogue resulting from the Consultation Mechanism on mutual interest will benefit in expanding bilateral cooperation in numerous fields.

The proposed mechanism would convene yearly, alternating between Nepal and Morocco. It aims to facilitate the exchange of visits and consultations in areas of mutual interest.

Morocco and Nepal established diplomatic ties in 1975. Since then, the level of bilateral relations has pleased the leaders of both nations.