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Ambassador Aziz Mekual of Morocco Visited Institute of West-Asian and African Studies (IWAAS) and Delivered an Address


This year is 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Morocco. At this critical moment, on November 30, 2018 Ambassador Aziz Mekual of Morocco accepted the invitation and visit Institute of West-Asian and African Studies (IWAAS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Ambassador Mekual participated in an academic seminar named “Middle East Situation and China’s Middle East Diplomacy in the New Era”, and he also delivered an address named “People’s Republic of China and Kingdom of Morocco— Sixty Year’s Friendship”. The address was hosted by Guo Hong, Party Secretary of the IWAAS.
 
Ambassador Mekual reviewed the long history friendship between China and Morocco. In the early 14th century, the renowned scholar and traveler Ibn Battuta from Morocco had visited China, and the scholar Wang Dayuan from China had visited Morocco. Morocco seats at the west side of the ancient silk road, this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Morocco. As the second country to establish diplomatic relations with China among Arabic countries in Africa, Morocco has always been cherished the friendship and diplomatic relations with China. Since King Mohammed VI visited China and signed a contract to establish strategic and global partner friendship as well as a series of economic and trade agreement in 2016, the relations between two countries has strengthened consistently. China has become the fourth economic cooperation partner of Morocco. After the president Xi put forward “the Belts and Road Initiative”, Morocco is the first Maghreb and fourth African countries to sign the Belts and Road cooperation memorandum with China. As an important country in Mediterranean Sea region and Africa continent, Morocco believes that the interconnection put forward by “the Belts and Road Initiative” will propel international trade greatly. Morocco will play a critical role in “the Belts and Road Initiative”. Morocco and China are establishing trilateral cooperation mechanism with African countries, which will bring greater development opportunities to China and Morocco in the future. Morocco will strengthen the exchanges with the academia and think tanks in China, so as to develop and deepen bilateral relations together. Over sixty scholars nationwide on Middle East studies listened to the ambassador’s address and communicate and interact with the ambassador. In the end, Party Secretary Guo Hong gave thanks to the ambassador to come and deliver the excellent speech, which means a lot to promote the academic exchanges as well as the common aspirations of the people between China and Morocco.
 
 


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