Morocco, Germany agree to overcome 'misunderstandings' in bilateral ties

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita pictured at a press conference in Rabat, Morocco on September 13, 2021. (Photo by Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Morocco and Germany on Wednesday pledged to build "close and friendly relations," and to start a new dialogue to "overcome misunderstandings in their relations."

According to a joint statement published here after a virtual meeting between Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock, both sides "agreed to resume cooperation in all areas and involve all stakeholders."

The two ministers stressed the shared interest of both sides to strengthen ties in order to overcome the challenges of the post COVID-19 recovery, the joint statement added.

Annalena Baerbock welcomed the return of Morocco's ambassador in Berlin, adding that the new German ambassador would soon arrive in Morocco, the statement said.

In May 2021, Morocco recalled its ambassador to Berlin for consultations following what Rabat considered "deep misunderstandings" with Germany over issues Morocco deems essential for its sovereignty.