In his opening remarks, the Director General welcomed and congratulated the Ambassador on his appointment. He noted that “Morocco is a good and old friend of the OECS”. The Director General stated that “The accreditation of Your Excellency today is quite opportune. It is happening at a time when the Organisation has just been mandated by the Authority of Heads of Government to examine concrete ways of coordinating and deepening its diplomatic and economic relations, particularly with its southern friends and neighbours. In that spirit, the Commission welcomes your accreditation to the OECS and looks forward to working in close collaboration with Morocco in mutual areas of development.”
In response, the Ambassador conveyed the greetings of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco and expressed deep appreciation for the warm welcome received by the Moroccan delegation. He remarked that “My accreditation today as the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to this very prestigious Organisation is a very special event. It is for me a very special day as it marks the beginning of a special and constructive relationship, one aimed at strengthening and deepening relations between the OECS and the Kingdom of Morocco”. The Ambassador expressed the view that cooperation between his country and the OECS should prove beneficial to both sides. He explained that the focus of Morocco’s policy is towards south-south cooperation and pointed to the long history of assistance to the region in the fields of education and agriculture.
During the meeting, the Director General and the Ambassador exchanged views on a broad range of development cooperation issues. Both sides agreed to commence in-depth discussions in the immediate future, in order to pursue the common objective of deepening relations.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco was established in Saint Lucia in March 2014 and covers all OECS Member States, as well as Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bahamas.