Santiago Peña: Morocco, Ideal Gateway to Africa, Arab World

Paraguay’s new president, Santiago Peña, affirmed that Morocco is an ideal gateway to Africa and the Arab world for Paraguay and all South American countries.

During an audience granted to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rachid Talbi Alami, who represented His Majesty King Mohammed VI at the investiture ceremony of the new Paraguayan President, the latter added that the leaders of South American countries appreciate Morocco’s positioning in Africa and the Arab world, highlighting the Kingdom’s significant role in the development of the South in general.

Peña stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation with Morocco to advance South-South relations toward greater prosperity and progress.

The Paraguayan President also expressed his desire to visit and expand cooperation relations with the Kingdom.

For his part, Talbi Alami indicated that during this audience, he conveyed to Paraguay’s President the greetings of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Majesty’s appreciation of the Paraguayan democratic model, underlining that the two countries have established a democratic tradition reflected in the holding of regular elections in full compliance with legal and constitutional deadlines for the organization of electoral processes.

The Moroccan official also emphasized that Morocco is a reliable partner and a stable country politically, socially, and economically, despite a challenging environment, recalling that since 2000, His Majesty the King has conducted approximately 50 visits to brotherly African countries, culminating in the signing of 1.500 cooperation agreements.

Talbi Alami noted that Morocco boasts the largest banking network in Africa, in addition to insurance, telecommunications, and airline companies operating in several countries in Africa.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives outlined several strategic projects in which Morocco is involved at the continental level, notably the gas pipeline project between the Kingdom and Nigeria, a grand project that promises very positive results for the 13 countries it will cross.

Talbi Alami also recalled that Morocco built two fertilizer production plants in Ethiopia and Nigeria to contribute to food security in these regions.

The Moroccan official concluded that His Majesty the King believes that the future of the world lies in the South, more specifically in Africa, Latin America, and South Asian countries, and since a new world is emerging, Morocco aspires, together with Paraguay, to become an active player in strengthening the excellent relations uniting the two countries.

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