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EU ready to provide clarification to Morocco over deal suspension

February 27, 2016 at 1:12 pm

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said on Friday that the EU is ready to provide clarification and assurances to Morocco to restore relations, Anadolu reported.

The Moroccan government had previously called on the EU to provide clarifications over the EU court ruling to suspend work on the Agriculture Agreement between the two sides which was announced last December. Morocco, in response to the ruling, decided to suspend its contact with the EU.

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In a statement, Mogherini said: “We are ready to provide all clarifications and additional assurances to address Morocco’s concerns, so that contact and cooperation can be restored as soon as possible.”

She added: “It is our conviction that a true partnership implies listening, sharing, solidarity and mutual respect among partners.”

The EU official continued: “Many contacts have been made at all levels between the EU and Morocco on this issue since December, and Morocco has been kept fully informed throughout the process.”

She said that “the EU and Morocco have developed, over many years, lasting partnership sealed by an Association Agreement covering many areas of our bilateral cooperation,” noting that the EU quickly reacted to the European Court’s decision of December 2015.