Paris, Oct. 14 (MAP) - The advanced status granted by the European Union (EU) to Morocco is a "sign of the confidence placed by the Union in the Moroccan model and the reforms undertaken in the kingdom," Foreign minister, Taieb Fassi-Fihri said.
In a statement to Radio France Internationale (RFI), Fassi-Fihri stressed that the advanced status is also "a commitment of the European Union vis-à-vis a neighboring country, which has for a long time expressed its desire to further cooperate with the Union."
This status, the minister added, is also a commitment of the EU to support Morocco in the large scale reforms that were initiated at the political level with the consolidation of the rule of law, the improvement of the judicial system, as well as the modernization of infrastructure and the fight against poverty.
Fassi-Fihri also voiced hope that this open perspective with Morocco extends in the best conditions to a united Arab Maghreb (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia) and beyond this regional entity to all the Arab partners in the Mediterranean space.
In an interview published Tuesday by the Moroccan daily “L’Economiste”, Fassi-Fihri said “this advanced status comes to cement our Association Agreement which entered into force in 2000 and to enhance the European Neighborhood Policy.”
The European Union decided, on Monday, to grant Morocco an Advanced Status, marking Morocco's special standing in the Euro-Mediterranean partnership.