Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- In the wake of her current visit to Morocco to sooth the tension related to Morocco’s decision few days ago to suspend all ties with the European Union following the European Court of Justice ruling on Dec. 10 that the European Union’s trade deal with Morocco “violate international law” –The ruling was made in response to a suit filed by the Polisario Front, the separatist movement in Morocco’s Sahara– the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mrs. Federica Mogherini held official talks with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar last Friday in Rabat.
Mrs. Mogherini stated that “the EU remains convinced that agreements with Morocco [on the Morocco-EU agriculture agreement] do not violate international laws,” further stressing that this is the reason the European Union has lodged an appeal “at the European Court of Justice against the ruling.”
A statement from Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation on the sidelines of the meeting said that “Mrs. Mogherini affirmed that she gave the needed clarifications, assurances and guarantees concerning mechanisms of coordination between the two parties, adding that the EU and Morocco work as genuine partners in this regard.”
Mezouar and Mogherini chiefly “discussed the ruling of the European court regarding the Morocco-EU agricultural agreement, on the trust and serenity of the relations of partnership between the two parties, as well as the means apt to correct the malfunction and the confusion, brought about by the ruling at the level of bilateral relations.”
Mezouar underlined that “the decision of the European Court of Justice regarding the Agricultural agreement is not limited to a simple judicial affair, but to an eminently strategic affair, noting that this decision, which seriously compromises cooperation between the two parties, needs to be addressed,” Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The Moroccan Times.