Morocco to Take Political And Legal Actions Against Netherlands

Morocco to Take Political And Legal Actions Against Netherlands

Mr. Anis Birou, The Moroccan Minister of Moroccans living Abroad and Migration.

A press release from the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that a meeting that gathered 4 Moroccan Ministers was held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Rabat, to discuss Netherlands’s recent controversial decision on social security, a decision which will heavily affect the interests of the Moroccan community living in Netherlands.

The meeting was “presided over by Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and attended by Mr. Anis Birou Minister of Moroccans living Abroad and Migration Affairs, Mr Abdesslam Seddiki, Minister of Employment and Social Affairs and Mrs. Mbarka Bouaida, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation,” a statement from Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs read.

During the meeting, the parties reiterated “rejecting this decision”, in a “firm and resolute way.”

“The meeting focused on exploring ways to implement, following the unilateral decision taken, on October 10th 2014, by the Government of the Netherlands, to introduce, at the Dutch Parliament, for approval, a bill to revoke the Convention on social security, concluded between Morocco and the Netherlands, in 1972,” the statement read.

 “All necessary steps will be taken to strengthen the defence of the interests, achievements and rights of the members of the Moroccan community, targeted by the Dutch government’s initiative,” the statement added.

“Within this spirit, actions are considered both at the political and legal levels. Similarly, all institutional players as well as those of the civil society will be sensitized and mobilized to handle this new situation, which would not remain without consequences on our bilateral relations,” the statement closed.

The Moroccan Times.