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On Outcome of Talks in Moscow with Minister Delegate of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco Taib Fassi Fihri

23-12-2003

Minister Delegate of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco Taib Fassi Fihri stayed on a working visit to Moscow on December 22. He was received by Yuri Chaika, co-chairman of the Russian Part of the Intergovernmental Mixed Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.

Thorough consultations were held at the Russian Foreign Ministry with the participation of Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Saltanov, Anatoly Safonov and Yuri Fedotov on a number of pressing issues on the international, regional and bilateral agenda, that confirmed the identity or similarity of the two countries' positions.

The sides examined in detail the situation in Iraq, the state of affairs in the settlement of the Western Sahara problem, and the problems of new challenges and threats and, above all, that of combating international terrorism.

Much attention was paid to the situation in the Middle East. It was noted that the Road Map, drawn up by the Quartet of International Mediators - Russia, the US, EU and UN - is an unalternative plan for getting out of the present crisis.

There was emphasized the importance of further strengthening the role of the United Nations and its Security Council in these sectors. The Russian side reaffirmed its readiness to make a constructive contribution to tackling those problems on the basis of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and in close cooperation with all concerned states, including the region's countries.

The sides expressed satisfaction with the development of Russian-Moroccan ties, and showed mutual interest in their continued growth. In this context the importance was noted of holding the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Mixed Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation as soon as possible.

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