Blog: Brexit Britain and Morocco are 2 monarchies bound by history, values and common interests – Express

In this memorable Platinum Jubilee year for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, it is an ideal moment to reflect on the centuries of warm ties between our countries and the ways in which we are both addressing the challenges facing our national and global societies today.

Morocco and the UK are old allies: just a 30-minute ferry ride across from Gibraltar, we share 800 years of friendship. Today’s Morocco is a modern, progressive country, committed just like the UK to innovation, investment in technology, entrepreneurship, green energy and meeting the demands of climate change.

Responding to the energy challenges confronting both our Kingdoms, under His Majesty’s leadership, Morocco constructed the largest solar generation facility in the world in Ouarzazate, contributing to ensure that 80% of our country runs on renewable energy by 2050.

The UK has embraced the same clean energy priorities and we look forward to delivering together: for example, the new X-links project would harness our abundant solar and wind resources to power seven million British homes with clean energy via undersea cables from Morocco by 2027.

Energy is just one of the global challenges which both our countries face and where we share a common approach. As we modernize our infrastructures, meet the demands of food security and embark on programs of social inclusion and economic growth, we find shared aspirations and promising potential for cooperation.

Coastal areas across England are being granted freeport status to boost regional employment and international commerce. In Morocco, our state-of-the-art Tanger-Med Port has been established as a global logistics hub ready to welcome UK businesses to trade with us and deepen our kingdoms’ friendship.

This port, Africa’s largest, reinforces Morocco’s position as the Gateway to the African continent. UK investors have much to gain from pursuing opportunities in Africa’s youthful and growing markets – in which Morocco has such deep experience and expertise to share.

Both our countries recognize that our human capital is our greatest asset. In Morocco’s case, His Majesty launched a nation-wide initiative leading to a New Development Model, founded in the commitment to engage all sectors of our society in, as His Majesty said yesterday in his speech “building the kind of country we yearn for – one that is committed to progress and dignity, possible only with the participation of all Moroccans, men and women alike” in the innovations needed. The reforms embrace training and education, for which the UK is a strong partner, to empower women, young people and all sectors of society.

Today we face an era of global insecurity, where we will need to refresh long-standing ties and forge new partnerships. This is a shared journey for security, enterprise and innovation we can take together. Morocco, by virtue both of our legacy of ever promising bilateral relations with the UK and as a source of stability, peace and security in the region and beyond, can constitute one of the core building blocks of these reinvigorated alliances. In this vein we welcome the Association Agreement with the UK, concluded as Brexit was entering into force.

Our two countries, our two monarchies, are bound by history, values and common interests. In 2022 we together face global challenges, which as our King urged yesterday we meet in a “spirit of entrepreneurship and resilience”.

The Reign of His Majesty the King is bringing innovation and stability, investment and transformation – with outcomes resonating not just for Morocco but for our friends and allies too, amongst the foremost of which stands the UK. As we in Morocco celebrate these successes and look to the future, we do so also with the conviction that our partnership with the UK will open further promising horizons to the peoples of both our countries.

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