JOINT COMMUNIQUE BETWEEN THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA AND THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION
OF THE STATE VISIT TO THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
BY HIS MAJESTY MOHAMMED VI, KING OF MOROCCO
1. At the invitation of His Excellency Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco paid a State Visit to the United Republic of Tanzania from 23rd to 25th October, 2016. During visit, His Majesty Mohammed VI was accompanied by a high level delegation, including Ministers, Senior Officials of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, as well as members of the Moroccan business community.
2. In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the two countries have decided to work together and coordinate their respective efforts to address the challenges that Africa faces in terms of development, stability and security.
3. President Magufuli commended the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and paid tribute to His role in promoting peace, stability and development in Africa. He recognized that the South-South cooperation advocated by His Majesty the King Mohammed VI – based on pragmatism, efficiency and public-private partnership is at the core of development cooperation in Africa.
4. President Magufuli also paid tribute to the leading role that Morocco has been playing in promoting economic growth and sustainable development in various international fora and commended Morocco’s decision to host COP.22 meeting from 7 - 18 November 2016, in Marrakech.
5. On bilateral issues, the two Heads of State commended the friendly relations between the two countries and committed to work together with a view to further strengthening the bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries. They reiterated their readiness to establish an Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Tanzania and a Consulate General of the United Republic of Tanzania in Morocco.
6. In this context, they further vowed to enhance these ties of friendship of cooperation in various fields, including tourism, agriculture, railway transport, and trade. They also pledged to continue exploring new areas of cooperation, such as in economic, scientific, technical and cultural domains, as well as security cooperation and fight against terrorism and radicalism, for the mutual benefit of the two countries and peoples.
7. To that end, they commended Tanzania-Morocco Trade and Investment Forum that was held on 22nd October 2016, which offered an opportunity for business leaders from the two countries to discuss ways and means to promote two-way trade and set up a win-win economic partnership.
8. They also witnessed the signing of a number of Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding between both countries in the public and private sectors, covering cooperation on a wide range of areas, including political consultations, agriculture, fisheries, energy, logistics, air services, culture, science and technology, tourism, air services and finance.
9. In order to realize the desired gains for their two peoples, the two Heads of State directed their Ministers and Senior Officials to work determinedly to implement the signed agreements between Morocco and Tanzania. It is in this spirit that His Excellency President Magufuli declared that henceforth the referral visa requirement for citizens of Morocco coming to Tanzania has been lifted.
10. On international issues, the two Heads of State discussed the decision of Morocco to rejoin the African Union. In this respect, H.E. Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli expressed Tanzania’s support to Morocco's decision to integrate and find its rightful place in the African Union. He further expressed his readiness to support the admission of Morocco to the Pan – African Institutional family as early as the next Summit. The two Heads of State expressed their hope that the return of Morocco to the African Union would pave the way to address the longstanding political and diplomatic issues of concern to Morocco.
11. Regarding the Sahara issue, H.E. Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli expressed the support of Tanzania to the efforts by the United Nations to reach a just, lasting and mutually agreed solution. In the spirit of reconciliation and search for a lasting solution, Tanzania understands the established position of Morocco, welcomes its serious and credible Moroccan efforts and is ready to contribute towards implementation of the relevant resolutions of the United Nations on this issue.
12. The two Heads of States share the same ambitious vision for Africa masters of its own destiny, in charge of its own development and committed to the path of stability. They underscored, in this regard, the need to strengthen South-South and triangular cooperation, and to promote a continuous and sustainable development, based on the valuation of own African resources and skills.
13. During the visit, His Majesty Mohamed VI also unveiled the plaque for the construction of a Mosque to be erected with the gracious contribution of His Majesty the King of Morocco at the BAKWATA Headquarters in Dar es Salaam.
14. At the conclusion of the Official Visit, His Excellency President Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli expressed his profound gratitude and appreciation to His Majesty Mohammed VI for honoring his invitation and for the fruitful discussions they held. On his part, His Majesty Mohammed VI expressed his profound gratitude and appreciation to His Excellency President Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, the Government and People of the United Republic of Tanzania for the invitation extended to him as well as the warm reception and hospitality accorded to him and his delegation during the entire duration of his visit. Finally, the two Heads of State underscored their firm desire and commitment of their respective Governments to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
Done at Dar es Salaam, on 26th October, 2016